On March 8, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $930,000 settlement with Comprehensive Health Services, LLC for alleged violations of the False Claims Act. As DOJ’s first resolution of a False Claims Act enforcement action involving cyber fraud since launching its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative in October 2021, this settlement signals the DOJ’s eagerness to combat cybersecurity violations and misrepresentations.

Read on for analysis of this case and implications for government contractors.

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Photo of Edwin O. Childs Edwin O. Childs

Ned Childs is a government contract and investigations and enforcement attorney who represents companies across a wide range of sectors, including the defense, services, technology, and aerospace industries. His practice, spanning more than a decade in Washington, encompasses a broad array of legal…

Ned Childs is a government contract and investigations and enforcement attorney who represents companies across a wide range of sectors, including the defense, services, technology, and aerospace industries. His practice, spanning more than a decade in Washington, encompasses a broad array of legal services, including government contract investigations, disclosures, and regulatory enforcement actions; bid protests and government contract disputes; government contract counseling; export licensing and enforcement; prime contractor-subcontractor disputes; corporate ownership and acquisition issues; and election law investigations and enforcement matters.

Photo of Todd R. Steggerda Todd R. Steggerda

Todd Steggerda is Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation department, which was recently recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. In a dynamic practice spanning nearly 20 years in Washington, Todd has resolved a diverse range…

Todd Steggerda is Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation department, which was recently recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. In a dynamic practice spanning nearly 20 years in Washington, Todd has resolved a diverse range of high-stakes government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters for companies operating in the defense, national security, technology, healthcare and other sectors, including dozens of matters investigated by the civil and criminal divisions of the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. Todd previously served as Chief Counsel to a Presidential Campaign.

Photo of Laura Colombell Marshall Laura Colombell Marshall

Laura is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar practice. She advises clients on a wide range of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. She has successfully defended companies and executives facing high stakes investigations, criminal exposure and…

Laura is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar practice. She advises clients on a wide range of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. She has successfully defended companies and executives facing high stakes investigations, criminal exposure and reputational risk. She also advises on compliance issues and has extensive experience managing risks associated with corruption, money laundering and economic sanctions.

Photo of Charles Wm. McIntyre Charles Wm. McIntyre

Chuck is chair of the firm’s government, regulatory and criminal investigations department. He counsels clients in the areas of federal and state securities laws, accountants’ liability, class actions against publicly held corporations, False Claim Act (FCA), qui tam litigation, and investigations by various…

Chuck is chair of the firm’s government, regulatory and criminal investigations department. He counsels clients in the areas of federal and state securities laws, accountants’ liability, class actions against publicly held corporations, False Claim Act (FCA), qui tam litigation, and investigations by various federal and state government entities and Congress involving civil and criminal matters. He has appeared in federal and state courts, before the American Arbitration Association, and has represented individuals and companies before the SEC, the Inspector General, the DOJ and Congress.

Photo of Michael J. Podberesky Michael J. Podberesky

Michael Podberesky, a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department and co-chair of the False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation and Enforcement team. Employing…

Michael Podberesky, a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department and co-chair of the False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation and Enforcement team. Employing his extensive experience with False Claims Act cases in the healthcare and defense sectors, Michael represents clients confronting high-stakes government investigations and litigation arising from allegations of healthcare and procurement fraud and also counsels clients regarding compliance issues.

Photo of Andrew Konia Andrew Konia

Andrew’s practice is singularly focused on protecting clients’ businesses and data, anticipating disputes, and strengthening their competitive position in the marketplace.

Photo of Jason M. Vespoli Jason M. Vespoli

Jason focuses his practice on federal and state procurement, government technology, bid protests and government contract disputes, and regulatory compliance. He utilizes experience in state government, government technology, and complex procurement to solve problems in innovative and efficient ways.

Photo of Sydney L. Snower Sydney L. Snower

Sydney is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice. Her practice focuses on criminal and civil investigations, including in the financial services, government contracting, aviation, and accounting industries.