Seattle – (KONP staff) Insitu Inc., headquartered in Bingen, Washington, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data for contracts with the United States Special Operations Command and the Department of the Navy to supply and operate drones, the Department of Justice announced today.

Insitu entered into five contracts with the Navy and two contracts with SOCOM for the supply and operation of drones at various sites.

The settlement resolves allegations that Insitu knowingly induced the government to award it seven noncompetitive contracts, between 2009 and 2017, at inflated prices by proposing cost and pricing data for new parts and materials while instead using less expensive recycled and refurbished parts to perform the contracts.