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Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit

Sept. 29, 2020, 7:10 PM

Industries for the Blind Inc. will pay $1.9 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it violated the False Claims Act by providing the federal government with goods from China and Taiwan despite promising to provide goods produced by disadvantaged workers in the United States, according to a Tuesday news release.

IBI allegedly engaged in a scheme to purchase cheaper goods from those countries and pass them off as products eligible for sale to federal agencies under the AbilityOne program, the press release said.

Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...

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