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Originally published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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10 Hanford managers indicted in timecard scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard fraud there.

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RICHLAND, Wash. —

A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard fraud there.

The company, CH2M Hill Hanford Group, held a contract from 1999-2008 to clean out radioactive waste from underground tanks at south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The indictment claims the company failed to follow a recommendation in a 2004 independent audit to install new timecard equipment to verify that employees worked the hours they claimed.

The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that nine workers previously pleaded guilty to felony charges related to the timecard fraud. In addition, CH2M Hill agreed earlier this month to pay $18.5 million to settle civil and criminal allegations of defrauding taxpayers in the scheme.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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