Spurned Engineer Sues for False Claims

     (CN) – A defense contractor lied in the process of securing federal contracts, one of its former engineers claims in Middlesex County Court.




     Patanjali Parimi worked as manager of advanced technology for the Delaware-based S12 Technologies until getting fired in December 2010.
     S12 contracts with government agencies such as Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy to design and manufacture antenna and low observables for military, land, air, sea and space applications.
     Parimi says S12 listed him as one of the key personnel working on a particular project before he even began working for the company in 2007. S12 also listed data taken from a professor at the University of Ohio in a bid, without the consent or knowledge of that professor, according to the complaint.
     S12 made these misrepresentations for the sole purpose of being awarded a contract or bid for a project, Parimi says.
     The engineer says S12 continued to list Parimi’s name in written bids for upcoming projects once it hired him, and described him as the principal investigator – a term that designates him as lead project scientist or engineer.
     During his employment at S12, Parimi says he was responsible for attracting over $4.7 million in business. In May 2009, however, S12 started excluding Parimi from projects even if he was listed as the principal investigator, according to the complaint.
     In summer 2009 he received an excellent review, but he says he did not face review at all the next year. Though S12 kept including Parimi’s name on bids to obtain government contracts, the company began excluding him from the actual work once it had obtained the contract, according to the complaint.
     Parimi says S12 also instructed Parimi to lie or “bluff” to subcontractors when they inquired about the completion date of a certain project. By 2010, S12 acted in bad faith and retaliated against him claims by terminating his employment, according to the complaint.
     The engineer says these misrepresentations constitute violations of the False Claims Act and that the company owes him $8,000 in unpaid wages and $2,800 in commissions from previous projects. He is represented by William Harrington with Patanjali Parimi of Boston.

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