The federal government is also increasing its oversight on small businesses for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SDVOSB fraud. Companies often find themselves at odds because they may not fully understand the government’s angle or the specific charges that they are being investigated for.
There are a variety of criminal and civil charges that the federal government may seek out when pursuing a company for SDVOSB fraud. They include false claims charges, defective materials, violations of the limitations on subcontracting or simply making false statements on the initial application.
If there are more than one company involved in what the government refers to as pass through schemes, federal law enforcement agencies will consider bringing conspiracy charges to defraud the government as well as false claims charges for each invoice submitted to the government or contract received under the SBA (Small Business Administration) or Department of Veterans Affairs SDVOSB program.
With law offices in Washington, DC and in Denver, Colorado, the SDVOSB federal contract fraud lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC are geographically positioned to provide legal representation to government contracting small businesses that are subjected to government investigations or facing criminal charges under the VA programs.
IG SDVOSB Status and Small Business Size Investigations
When the contracting officer or a whistleblower has evidence of potential fraud against the government by an SDVOSB company, they will initiate a complaint to the respective law enforcement agency. Oftentimes, this would be the department’s Inspector General (IG Office).
When the IG team launches a federal investigation for a potential violation of the SDVOSB status rules, or a violation of SBA small business size regulations, Watson’s government contract fraud and small business SDVOSB set aside contract lawyers, will develop of team of procurement professionals and provide an aggressive legal defense with SBA small business size investigations.
- We serve as outside counsel for local criminal litigation and defense attorneys involved in federal government contracts fraud cases
- We help with IG subpoenas and government’s request for documents
- We represent small businesses involved with HUBZone sole source contracts, SBA 8(a) or SDVOSB government contract fraud cases.
- Help with teaming agreements and joint venture relationships
Compliance with 13 CFR 125.13 – Who does SBA consider to control an SDVO SBC?
When the government or SBA seeks to investigate a firm’s SDVOSB ability to control the business under 13 CFR 125.13, our attorneys help analyze the facts and represent the service disabled small business for compliance with the regulations.
the management and daily business operations of the concern must be controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran). Control by one or more service-disabled veterans means that both the long-term decisions making and the day-to-day management and administration of the business operations must be conducted by one or more service-disabled veterans (or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran).
(b) Managerial position and experience. A service-disabled veteran (or in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran) must hold the highest officer position in the concern (usually President or Chief Executive Officer) and must have managerial experience of the extent and complexity needed to run the concern. The service-disabled veteran manager (or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran) need not have the technical expertise or possess the required license to be found to control the concern if the service-disabled veteran can demonstrate that he or she has ultimate managerial and supervisory control over those who possess the required licenses or technical expertise.
As SDVOSB government contract lawyers, Watson & Associates, LLC attorneys represent small businesses throughout the United States, some of our attorneys are veterans and also worked for procurement agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs. We understand the rules and relevant small business laws.
Contact our SDVOSB Fraud Defense Lawyers
For immediate help with government investigation or government contract fraud case, call Watson & Associates’ law firm for a Free initial consultation. Call us at 1.866.601.5518.