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M&E director disqualified for seven years for siphoning cash

31-year old Melanie Day has been disqualified from managing, directing or in any way controlling a company until November 2019, after siphoning off payments from an insolvent firm.

An investigation found that S.T.S. Building Services Ltd was making payments to Ms Day and her sole trader business, at the expense of creditors, at a time when Ms Day knew the firm was insolvent.

The Judge confirmed that between 3-4 June 2010, Ms Day transferred £100,000 from STS into her sole trader business, claiming it was a sub-contractor, and to herself.

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Umunna: Olympic 'blacklisting' must be investigated

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna will table a series of Parliamentary questions calling for an investigation into allegations contractors used blacklists on Olympic 2012 contracts.

Mr Umunna will ask the culture secretary to investigate whether contractors used public monies received under public contracts to pay to obtain information on construction workers from lists maintained by the Consulting Association.

The move comes after Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy called for a public inquiry into the practice at a Scottish Affairs Select Committee hearing yesterday.

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By Mark Ellis 1 Comment UCATT Blacklisted workers scandal: Union launches postcard campaign in call for public inquiry

A postcard campaign in support of justice for thousands of workers illegally blacklisted by top construction firms was launched today.

The construction workers’ union UCATT is sending out 10,000 postcards urging members to send them to their local MPs to back a call for a public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal.

MPs are being urged to support a bid by Labour MP Steve Rotheram to get the issue aired in Parliament after the names of 3,000 workers were found in a raid by the information watchdog three years ago.

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Contactors could be liable for "fradulent" underbids or "false" estimates

A recent federal appellate court held that there may be situations in which a contractor’s intentionally low bid for a federal contract could give rise to liability under the False Claims Act (FCA).

At issue in Hooper v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 2012 WL 3124970 (9th Cir) was the bid of Lockheed in 1995 to provide software and hardware support for space launch operations.  The contract was a cost reimbursement plus award fee contract.  Thus, Lockheed would be reimbursed its costs and would be paid a fee depending on the quality of its performance.  In evaluating Lockheed’s proposal the Air Force analyzed Lockheed’s proposed costs.  It found that while Lockheed’s proposal presented some “risks” that may lead to “cost growth beyond the target costs” outlined in the proposal, Lockheed’s proposal presented the best overall value to the Air Force.

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Demolition firm fined £45,000 for endangering workers and public

AA Construction (London) Ltd has been fined £36,000 plus £9,159 in costs after local residents complained of asbestos on the site and debris falling onto a road and footpath near a local school, according to the HSE.

Residents complained that asbestos materials were littering the site, while the HSE found that inexperienced labours were carrying out demolition work.

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