Spectro to pay $1M to settle Air Force SBIR program FCA violations


The United States entered into a $1 million Settlement Agreement with Spectro Scientific (Spectro), a global oil and fuel analysis instruments company. They were awarded three contracts through the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program based at Wright-Patterson AFB. 

Spectro is accused of violating the False Claims Act (FCA) when it participated in the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program using false self-certification. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the company will pay $1,050,957 to settle the allegations.

The government conducted an investigation led by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) into Spectro’s eligibility for its SBIR award.  

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The United States SBIR seeks to ensure that small businesses without access to capital receive an opportunity to develop new technology through federally-funded research and development. SBIR funding is provided to foster small businesses with innovative ideas and provide them with the chance to grow their technology for future commercial endeavors.