Whistleblower Says Siemens Cheated Uncle Sam
DALLAS (CN) - Siemens Government Technologies fired a whistleblower who told it it had failed to pay the federal government fees on millions of dollars in projects, the woman claims in court.
Connie Green sued Siemens in Dallas County Court. She claims that Siemens bosses admitted in an internal email that the company used "mathrobatics" in its federal accounts.
"Plaintiff took over the tasks of reviewing the federal payments in February," Green says in the lawsuit. "Her predecessor, who failed to notice and report the errors for over three (3) years, is not being terminated."
Green says Siemens fired her despite her consistently high evaluations during 8 years with the company.
"In the performance of her duties, plaintiff uncovered billing and accounting errors on the part of Siemens on more than one occasion," the complaint states. "Specifically, in February of 2013, plaintiff noticed that Siemens accounting system was flawed and that Siemens was neglecting to pay the federal government fees on millions of dollars in projects."
Green claims she reported the errors each time they came to her attention, but nothing was done to correct the problem.
She says she notified her superiors of missed payments again in November: that service agreements between Siemens and the federal government "were being priced wrong, which potentially costs the federal government an unknown amount of money."
She was fired a few days later - told that her job would be eliminated as of Dec. 31.
"However, Siemens has posted and filled a position in Virginia, the description of which was the same as plaintiff's position," the complaint states.
Green claims that after she discussed the situation with her former, unidentified boss, he said he was "blown off" by his superiors when he brought up the possibility of fraud and collusion.
"Additionally, plaintiff discovered an email from her superiors that stated that Siemens had engaged in 'mathrobatics' in the billing and accounting procedures it undertook involving the federal government," the complaint states. "To this date, defendant has, at least, shown indifferent to its own potential fraudulent practices."
A Siemens spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Green seeks damages for breach of contract and wrongful termination.
She is represented by Frank Hill with Hill Gilstrap of Arlington.