Charlie Roberts recently obtained the dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by the United States against Kenneth Carter. The Government alleged Mr. Carter, who has since passed, was part of a fraudulent scheme with Lee Strock, Cynthia Ann Golde, and Strock Contracting to set up a company, Veteran Enterprises Company, Inc. (“VECO”), as a service-disabled veteran owned small business (“SDVOSB”) in order to obtain and profit from construction contracts set aside for SDVOSBs. The Government alleged VECO was a sham and Mr. Strock, who is not a disabled veteran, controlled the day-to-day and long-term business operations. Mr. Roberts filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against Mr. Carter on the grounds that the Government failed to sufficiently allege a False Claim Act claim against Mr. Carter. Judge Geraci, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, agreed and dismissed the claims against Mr. Carter. Judge Geraci found the government’s general group allegations against the “defendants” were insufficient to show that Mr. Carter personally knew that any representations as to VECO’s SDVSOB status were false. Judge Geraci also agreed the government did not allege Mr. Carter obtained any financial benefits from contracts performed by VECO – an allegation that might suggest a motive for committing fraud.
Webster Szanyi attorneys are top notch. As County Attorney, I have worked with attorneys at the firm extensively for over twenty years on labor and employment and a variety of litigation matters. The quality of their work is consistently excellent, always demonstrating their commitment to providing superior, timely and cost-effective representation.
David C. Schubel
County Attorney, Orleans County
Kevin Szanyi has handled cases for Suzuki for nearly twenty years. From small cases to those involving catastrophic injury or death, he can do it all. Kevin’s advice is always timely, on-point, and well thought out, and the strategy he helps us develop in defending these cases has resulted in outstanding outcomes and well below estimated budgets. I cannot think of a case he could not handle for our company. Kevin has my complete confidence and trust.
Department Manager, Legal Division, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.