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Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse

You may report fraud, waste, mismanagement, or misconduct involving SBA programs or employees either online (Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse online) or by calling the OIG Hotline toll-free at (800) 767-0385.   For more information please see:  Detecting Fraud in Small Business Administration Lending Programs

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List of SBIR/STTR FWA Convictions and Settlement Agreements by Calendar Year [Last updated: December 19, 2023]


[MicroChem Solutions (MCS)] University of Oklahoma Professor and Wife Sentenced to Prison for Federal Grant Fraud  (June 29, 2023)

[Vescent Photonics] Colorado Laser Technology Company Agrees to Pay More Than $400,000 to Resolve Allegations that it Improperly Used Foreign Subcontractors  (February 13, 2023)


[ScienceTomorrow] Lexington Woman Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering  (October 4, 2022)

[Accelogic, Intellep] Companies and Owner Sentenced in Federal Court for Defrauding Government Agencies  (September 14, 2022)


[Metna Co.] Lansing-Based Research And Development Firm Pays $500,000 To Resolve Federal Contract Fraud Allegations  (December 14, 2021)

[Bio-Adhesive Alliance] Biotech Research Company Ordered to Pay $881,669.69 in Restitution for False Statements in Grant Applications  (June 8, 2021)

[Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.] Bucks County Fluid-Dynamics and Software Development Company Agrees to Pay Almost $200k  (April 19, 2021)

[Eon Research Corporation] Davis Man Pays $635,000 in Civil Settlement to Resolve Allegations of False Statements to Obtain Grant Frauds  (March 29, 2021)

[C-Crete Technologies] Houston scientist settles grant fraud allegations  (February 10, 2021)

[Albido Corporation] Colorado Springs Company And Its Owners Agree to Pay Over $400,000 to Resolve Allegations That It Improperly Obtained Small Business Research Funds  (January 15, 2021)


[KalScott Engineering] Engineering Firm in Kansas To Pay $672,352 to Settle False Claims Allegations (November 23, 2020)

[Hans Tech] Former Purdue Professor Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud the National Science Foundation (November 23, 2020)

[AlphaSense] Delaware Man Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Federal Government Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Small Business Fraud Case (July 29, 2020)

[Spectro Scientific] Spectro Scientific agrees to pay $1M to settle allegations related to Air Force’s Small Business Innovation and Research program (July 28, 2020)

[Nascent Devices] Nascent Devices, Inc. To Pay $70,000 To Resolve Potential False Claims Liability (July 13, 2020)


[Bionic Sciences] Georgia Tech professor pleads guilty to defrauding the National Science Foundation (August 21, 2019)

[Aries Design Automation] Chicago Software Developer Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Obtaining Federal Grant Money (May 9, 2019)

[Cell-Free Innovations] Former Virginia Tech Professor Found Guilty of Grant Fraud, False Statements, Obstruction (February 25, 2019)

[E.M. Photonics] Newark-Based Company and CEO Agree to Pay $2.75 Million to Resolve Allegations of Government Contracting Fraud (January 29, 2019)


[LaserLith Corporation, Black Hills Nanospace, Blue Sky Engineering] Executive Wallace Tang and Three Corporations Plead Guilty to Defrauding NASA, National Science Foundation, and Energy Department (September 5, 2018)

[Hans Tech] West Lafayette, Indiana Couple Indicted In A Scheme To Defraud The National Science Foundation (July 19, 2018)

[MassTech] Masstech, Richard Lee, And Arnold Lee To Pay U.S. $1.9 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Small Business Innovation Research Awards (May 3, 2018)

[Advanced Thermal Technologies] Advanced Thermal Technologies and CEO Agree to Pay $100,000 for Failing to Account for Federal Research Funds (March 20, 2018)

[TrellisWare Technologies] San Diego Communications Company Pays More Than $12 Million to Settle False Claim Act Allegations Regarding Eligibility for Small Business Innovation and Research Contracts (March 12, 2018)

[Advanced Materials Technology] Federal Jury Finds Scientist Guilty Of Defrauding NASA, Navy, And Missile Defense Agency (February 12, 2018)

[United Environment & Energy] Husband And Wife Plead Guilty In Scheme To Defraud The United States (February 2, 2018)


[Xigen] CEO Indicted For Wire Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft (August 10, 2017)


[ArkLight] Lehigh County Couple Sentenced For Scheme To Defraud NASA (September 28, 2016)

[Agiltron] Woburn Company and President Agree to Pay $2.25 Million to Resolve Allegations of Grant Fraud (August 12, 2016)

[Life Techniques, Care Team Solutions] U.S. District Court Orders $4.5 Million Civil Judgment Against Lexington Woman And Her Medical Device Companies For Committing Grant Fraud (July 13, 2016)

[Aquascent] Aquasent, LLC and Company Officials to Pay $400,000 to Resolve Allegations of Misuse of NSF Grant Funds (June 2, 2016)

[SciberQuest] Former UCSD Professor Admits Fraud, Agrees to Forfeit $180,000 (January 7, 2016)


[Fractal Systems, Smart Polymers] Scientists Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding The Small Business Innovation Research Program (September 11, 2015)

[Genziko] Alpharetta Business Owner Convicted of Defrauding NASA and National Science Foundation of Almost $800,000 (June 23, 2015)

[Sand 9] Microprocessor Company that Received National Science Foundation Grants Settles False Claims Act Allegations (May 14, 2015)

[nLight Photonics] Vancouver, WA Laser Technology Firm Settles Civil Claims it Improperly Received Government Grants (April 25, 2015)

[Aligned Concepts] Longwood Scientist Ordered To Pay $199,825 To NASA For Wire Fraud (April 16, 2015)


[Thermacore] Thermacore, Inc., Agrees To Pay $965,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations (October 20, 2014)

[Integrated Micro Sensors] Two University Of Houston Professors Indicted (April 28, 2014)

[Amar Transportation] Morgan State University Professor Convicted In Scheme To Defraud The National Science Foundation And For Obtaining Kickbacks From Students’ Stipends (April 1, 2014)


[Atlas Scientific] Defendants Indicted For Defrauding NASA And NSF (March 29, 2013)


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