Harry “Hap” Barko, Jr., a former contract administrator for KBR in Iraq, discovered that Halliburton/KBR and other contractors inflated the costs of construction services on military bases in Iraq. Mr. Barko, who was stationed at Camp Al Asad, discovered that KBR used a subcontract procedure which vastly inflated the costs of constructing laundry facilities and providing laundry services on at least three military bases.
Represented by whistleblower lawyers Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, Mr. Barko brought qui tam action alleging National Defense Fraud – violations of the False Claims Act by Halliburton Company and its subcontractors.
Halliburton and the other defendants asked the court to dismiss the qui tam action against them. On July 8, 2013, the U.S. District Court District of Columbia ruled that Barko “provided a detailed description of the specific falsehoods that are the basis for his suit,” denied Halliburton’s request, and allowed the qui tam lawsuit to proceed.
The whistleblower attorneys at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto recently filed a petition for Mr. Barko’s case to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. You can read the petition here.