Alcatel-Lucent Settles Allegations Over Iraqi Communications Contract

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Alcatel Lucent has agreed to pay USD4.2 million to settle allegations that it submitted misleading testing certifications to the US Army in connection with the design construction and modernization of Iraq's emergency communications system.

In March 2004, the U.S. Army awarded Lucent Technologies World Services (LTWSI) a USD250 million contract to build the Advanced First Responder Network (AFRN), a 911 emergency response and first responder communications system designed to enable Iraqis to summon police, fire and medical assistance in emergencies.

The settlement resolves allegations that LTWSI submitted claims for payment based upon inaccurate certifications carried out between January and July 2005 that their equipment and deployment had met the contract requirements.

"The integrity of our public contracting system is a matter of paramount concern to the Department of Justice, especially where contractors have been engaged to supply critical support for the work of stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan," said Stuart F. Delery, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Civil Division. "The department will seek to recover losses to the American taxpayer when a contractor has claimed money to which it was not entitled."

The settlement resolves a whistleblower suit filed under the False Claims Act in December 2008, by Geoffrey Willson, LTWSI's former contract manager for the project. Willson will receive $758,000 as his statutory share of the settlement.

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