New Jersey’s statute N.J.S.A. 2C:21-34 criminalizes several types of conduct and may carry significant penalties. If you knowingly submit a false claim for payment to the government, you can be charged with various grades of felonies based on the value of the claim. Making knowingly false material representation while negotiating a government contract or during the performance of the contract, will also result in being charged along the same graded scale, and penalties can run as long as 10 years if convicted.
For employers who work under the terms of government contracts, paying wages that are less than those mandated by statute is considered a serious crime. Not only will you face the risk of prison time if convicted, but you’ll also be required to compensate the employees for their losses. The financial penalty alone can be enough to shut you down for good.
If you’ve been charged with false representations or wage violations in government contracting, you are at substantial risk of losing your livelihood and your freedom. Get experienced legal advice right away. Matthew Reisig has defended New Jersey business owners for nearly two decades. Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation.