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Chairman Graves’ Statement on Today’s Small Business Contractor Arrests

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Washington, October 4, 2011 | DJ Jordan, Wendy Knox (202-225-5821) | comments

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the arrest of four people in a small business contracting scam involving the Army Corps of Engineers:

"Bribery, kick-backs, and pass-through contracts will not be tolerated – crooked contractors and corrupt public officials cannot be allowed to steal $20 million from hardworking taxpayers.  The integrity of the federal procurement system needs to be protected, so that the public has confidence in government contracts and small businesses have every opportunity to compete.  I am pleased that the system worked, and that 4 bad actors are now under arrest.  Our Committee had already scheduled hearings on pass-through contracts, like the one at issue in this case, and is also working on other contracting fraud issues.  One area we will continue to focus on is ensuring that law enforcement officials have all of the tools they need to investigate crimes like this and make sure contracting remains fair.”


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