ULA paid $100,000 to settle case alleging staff accepted bribes

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday it settled a case with Centennial-based United Launch Alliance.

The aerospace and defense company paid $100,000 to settle allegations its employees had accepted bribes.

Between July 2011 and July 2015, United Launch Alliance awarded several technology, compliance and project management contracts to Apriori Technologies, Inc.

Prosecutors alleged that certain ULA employees accepted gratuities from Apriori in exchange for these contracts, which then resulted in higher fees for the Air Force.

The investigation was led by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, the Office of the Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

United Launch Alliance voluntarily disclosed allegations of misconduct to the United States, and chose to settle out of court, incurring the $100,000 fee. 

Under the terms of the settlement, United Launch Alliance does not admit any liability and the United States does not admit its claims were unfounded.

United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The Centennial-based partnership formed in December 2006 to provide launch services to the U.S. government.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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