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Lynx to pay $70k to settle federal charges

Rochester Business Journal
June 19, 2014

The owner of a Monroe County machine shop that faked documentation of metal parts supplied to a Department of Defense subcontractor has agreed to pay $70,405 to settle a federal False Claims Act charge.  

Former Lynx Machine Tool Corp. president and sole shareholder Randy Mays’ agreement to pay the fine comes some seven years after federal officials launched a probe of the now-shuttered Bergen machine shop.  

Lynx at one time had five contracts to supply metal parts to the Defense Department, Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse said.  

In 2011, Lynx’s then coordinator, Denis Converse, was sentenced to five years’ probation in a plea deal after admitting to faking test results.  

He whited out numbers, wrote in new results and photocopied originals to create fake test certifications only because Mays told him to, Converse claimed in a 2007 interview with Defense Department Criminal Investigation Division agents.

“(I) altered (documents) to reflect a 100 percent test quantity even though random sampling was performed,” Converse said in a handwritten signed statement filed with his court records. “I believed this was an acceptable procedure. Randy Mays was aware and encouraged the process.”    

The settlement Mays agreed to this week “represents a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability,” federal officials said in a statement Wednesday.
     
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