Add yet another contractor to the list of victims of the investigative prowess of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
On May 19, 2014, as a result of an OIG investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Airmatic, Inc., a woman-owned, Malvern-based firm doing business with the City of Philadelphia, with defrauding the City of approximately $556,633.03. It is alleged that Airmatic supplied “unapproved, off-contract products” to various City departments in violation of its contracts with the City. If convicted, Airmatic faces a maximum possible sentence of five years of probation, a $500,000 fine, or twice the pecuniary gain/loss, a $400 special assessment, and restitution to the City of Philadelphia.
The takeaway on this latest prosecution against a City contractor? If you are thinking of pulling a fast one by the City, don’t. You will get caught, and you will be punished.