A lumber company has been named in a qui tam action filed in Florida federal court by a former human resources generalist who alleges that the company submits false statements to government agencies regarding job creation and EB-5 funding.
In a complaint filed in March and unsealed in Florida’s Middle District on Friday, Emma Tirella accusesKlausner Lumber One LLC of regularly submitting false statements to the federal government, the state of Florida and local governmental agencies to obtain public grants and funding, as well as financing for the EB-5 immigrant investors program, relating to the company’s lumber sawmill project in Live Oak, Florida.
Specifically, Tirella accuses Klausner of repeatedly making the false statements about job creation and training expectations in order to meet and maintain the requirements to receive public funding and EB-5 financing.
“The fraud is systemic within the entire company by virtue of actions of leadership and the de facto policies and procedures,” the complaint says.
Tirella claims she informed Klausner’s management of the alleged systemic fraud but received no substantive response. Instead, the complaint says, the company fired her.
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