Lucent Settles With DOJ Over Iraq First Responder Net Allegations

The Justice Department Friday said that Lucent
Technologies Worldwide, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has agreed to pay $4.2
million to settle allegations it had inaccurately claimed to have completed
tests of the operation of the Army's emergency communications system in Iraq.

won a quarter-billion-dollar contract to design and build a first responder net
for police, fire and medical assistance.

settlement was to resolve a whistleblower suit filed by the former contract
manager for the project. He will receive $758,000 of the settlement for blowing
that whistle.

integrity of our public contracting system is a matter of paramount concern to
the Department of Justice, especially where contractors have been engaged to
supply critical support for the work of stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan," said
Stuart Delery, acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ's Civil Division.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.