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U.S Attorney's Office files fraud claim against Spokane Valley business

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The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a fraud claim against a Spokane Valley business. The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a fraud claim against a Spokane Valley business.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a 104-page civil fraud complaint against a defense contractor business based in Spokane Valley Friday. The complaint was filed against Monaco Enterprises, Inc., its CEO Eugene Monaco and its COO Roger Barno. The complaint alleges the two men submitted hundreds of false claims for inflated payment to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army since at least 2008.

The complaint says these fraudulent practices cost the U.S., through the Department of Defense and its military bases, millions of dollars. It also alleges that Monaco and Barno either knew of routine fraudulent billing practices or at least recklessly disregarded those practices while increasing the company's bottom line.

In addition to reaping millions of dollars in shareholder dividends and corporate bonuses from the company, the defendants allegedly concealed their fraud by providing differing invoices to government auditors and U.S military bases who were paying the bills and an altered version of invoices to federal law enforcement.

The United States is seeking damages for the alleged fraud under the False Claims Act, which provides for a mandatory tripling of damages sustained by the United States as well as a mandatory $5,500-$11,000 for each false claim.

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