Boeing to pay $2 million over whistleblower
The Boeing logo hangs on the corporate world headquarters building of Boeing in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/File, Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A $2 million payment will be made by The Boeing Co. to settle a whistleblower’s claims of bogus billing records at a plant in San Antonio.
The settlement with the Justice Department involves maintenance of Air Force planes.
The 2006 case involves claims by former Boeing employee Edward Quintana.
Quintana alleges Boeing manipulated records to show more people were doing maintenance on KC-135 tankers, when the work was usually done by just him.
Boeing spokeswoman Deborah Vannierop says the company cooperated with the review and has corrected “internal charging” issues.
Vannierop says at no time was readiness compromised and Boeing continues to keep the KC-135 “mission ready.”
Quintana’s lawyers say he is entitled to as much as 25 percent of the $2 million payout.
Boeing Whistleblower, The Last Inspector, Gerald Eastman commented about this story at the Seattle Times.
August 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM
Great for the whistleblower and the government.
This won’t by far be the last time Boeing has to pay for retaliating against whistleblowers and bilking the government.
There are several whistleblower lawsuits in the works, just in Washington state. Most have to do with Boeing’s standard paolicy of retaliating against whistleblwers by harassing them, firing them and using every bit of their excessive power to ruin their lives.
I’ve been on the recieving end of that same retaliation for reporting fraud at Boeing that has cost lives, not just money.
“Boeing spokeswoman Deborah Vannierop…declined comment on Quintana’s lawsuit that Boeing retaliated and fired him because he reported the alleged violations. She said the company encourages employees to report wrongdoing.”
At least Boeing’s spokesperson didn’t deny that Boeing retaliated and fired him because he reported the violations. Boeing probably knows at this point no one would believe them if they denied it.
Her last sentence is true–Boeing does encourage employees to report wrongdoing, precisely so the company can identify those that would report Boeing’s fraud so they can retaliate against them.
Been there. Seen and experienced that.
If you report a coworker sleeping on the job you are safe (unless you report a managemer doing so), but report any of the numerous frauds Boeing is involved in to maximize the bottom line and you have just put a target on your back, and Boeing management will not rest untill they’ve bagged you once you are deemed such a threat to their ongoing fraudulent schemes and lawbreaking.
Not the Boeing shown in the commercials noted mby someone below, or the Boeing you would like to remember?
Get used to it. As long as the current corrupt management team remains, more of these stories will come out, and Boeing will lose more and more contracts.
Boeing knows that the piddly 2 million is no reason to change their lawbreaking ways “to enhance value.” As long as they calculate the fines are less than the money they bring into the company by committing fraud, they will continue to commit fraud.
After all, even the $615 million fine in 2006 for the tanker contracting crimes by the company and the Lockheed data theft/procurement fraud crimes by the company did not deter the company one iota from fraudulent activity, so why would a 2 million dollar fine?
Why the current management at Boeing wiill not let go of the reigns until they have driven the company into the ground by their frauds and incompetence is beyond me.
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