Subsidiary of ViaSat pays over $12 million for false small business certifications

On March 12, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California announced that San Diego-based TrellisWare Technologies, Inc., had agreed to pay over $12 million to settle civil allegations that the company had falsely certified that it was a small business in order to obtain federal research and development contracts. According to the US Attorney’s press release: TrellisWare Technologies, Inc., a communications company located in San Diego, has agreed to pay $12,177,631.90 to settle civil False Claims Act allegations that it was ineligible for multiple Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contracts it had entered into with government defense agencies. TrellisWare is a majority-owned subsidiary of ViaSat, Inc., a global broadband services and technology company also headquartered in San Diego. The SBIR program is designed to stimulate technological innovation by funding small businesses to engage in federal research and development efforts. To be…

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