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Long-running whistle-blower lawsuit settled in Navy kickbacks case in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A couple from Georgia who filed a lawsuit that blew the whistle on wrongdoing by a longtime U.S. Navy employee and Navy contractors has agreed to settle for $90,000.

A federal judge in Rhode Island on Monday agreed to dismiss the lawsuit after the sides agreed to settle.

The scheme cost the Navy $18 million. An employee of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center would sign off on false invoices submitted by Georgia-based contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow and others.

The whistle-blower lawsuit, filed 9 years ago by Rekha and Karan Vasudeva, of Roswell, Georgia, said they were involved in setting up a company used to issue fictitious invoices. They initially sought up to $54 million, triple the damages.

Six people pleaded guilty in the scheme.

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