City of Oakland et al. v. Mann et al., Case No. RG12652651 (Alameda County Superior Court): On October 18, 2012, the City of Oakland (City) and the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency (Agency) filed a complaint alleging that several individuals and entities to whom the City and Agency had granted funds for real property improvements violated the California False Claims Act (CFCA) and breached their contracts with the City and Agency. The City and Agency allege that the defendants applied for, and received, reimbursement grant funds for specific projects aimed at improving real property values and encouraging business investment, and then renegotiated with their contractors or revised the scopes of the projects to lower costs. The defendants allegedly did not inform the City or Agency about the revised project scopes or reduced costs, which may have rendered them ineligible for the reimbursement grant funds or required a reduction in their grant awards. The City and Agency further allege that the defendants submitted false claims for payment of the grant funds based on the original project scopes and submitted false documentation in support of their claims for payment, including false checks and invoices. They seek treble damages, civil penalties of $10,000 for each false claim and attorneys’ fees and expenses. The City and Agency amended their complaint on December 20, 2012 to add another defendant.
27 Jun '13