Government fraud? Say it isn't so:
The Department of Defense awarded nearly $30 million in stimulus contracts to six companies while they were under federal criminal investigation on suspicion of defrauding the government.
According to Air Force documents, the companies claimed to be small, minority-owned businesses, which allowed them to gain special preference in bidding for government contracts. But investigators found that they were all part of a larger minority-owned enterprise in Southern California, making them ineligible for the contracts.
The Air Force and the Army awarded the companies 112 stimulus projects at U.S. military bases, federal contracting records show  (27MB Microsoft Excel File). It wasn't until Sept. 23