On Friday, it was announced that a business owner with a firm in Washington D.C. had been sentenced to 20 months for a scheme in which she improperly qualified for government contracts. 48-year-old Nikita Davis is accused of fraudulently billing the United States for more than $1.1 million.
The defendant pled guilty in June of 2017 to major fraud against the United States. In addition to the 20 months in prison, Davis will also be required to serve three years of supervised release. She has been ordered to pay $1,189,697 in restitution. The defendant worked as the president and chief executive officer of Federal Acquisition Consultants Inc. The D.C. based company specialized in acquisition and program management support.
The company was founded in 2007 as an economically disadvantaged, woman-owned, small business. It was alleged that Davis mad fraudulent representations when applying for a contract under a GSA program in March of 2013. The GSA program was created to speed up the federal procurement process by using pre-negotiated terms and prices.
Davis’s company was awarded a GSA Multiple Awards Schedule Program in May of 2013. Eventually, the company submitted quotes and was awarded seven contracts worth more than $3.1 million. In April of 2014, the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General started an investigation into Davis and her company based on the allegation that she had submitted false invoices and made false statements to government agencies.
The investigation revealed that David had made false representations about her company’s past work experience. She had also improperly billed and collected $1,189,697 from the government by billing improperly for travel, insurance, security, labor, and danger pay. Again, Nikita Davis has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.