Lucent to pay $4.2M over Iraq 911 system testing
by Gene Johnson, Associated Press
September 21, 2012 02:45 PM | 271 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SEATTLE (AP) — A French-owned telecommunications firm has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit over the testing of a 911-style emergency response system in Iraq.

Lucent Technologies World Services Inc., a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, was awarded a $250 million U.S. Army contract to build the system for Baghdad and 15 other cities in 2004.

The project’s former manager, Geoffrey Willson, said in a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle that Lucent lied to the U.S. government when it claimed to have completed testing of the system’s radio transmission sites and of the network as a whole.

The Justice Department announced Friday that Lucent agreed to settle the lawsuit, which Willson brought on behalf of the U.S. government. As the whistleblower, Willson keeps $758,000 of the $4.2 million payout.

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