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(02-22-08- Dallas, TX)-- The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has agreed to pay $336,472.50 to settle claims of grant fraud brought on behalf of the United States by DISD employee Becky D. Beck, 55, of Dallas, Texas. The lawsuit styled The United States of America ex rel. Becky Beck v. Dallas Independent School District, case number 3-06cv1872-G was unsealed by United States District Court Judge A. Joe Fish on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. The case was pending in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Beck was represented by attorney Rob Wiley, 34, of the Law Office of Rob Wiley, P.C., in Dallas, Texas.

The lawsuit claimed DISD lied to the federal government about how DISD spent federal grant money.

The grant at issue came from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funded programs to prevent sexually risky behaviors that result in HIV infection, especially among high risk youths. The grant also funded the Youth Risk Behavior Survey which monitors alcohol and drug use, unintended pregnancy, and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

DISD had designated Beck as a specialist to perform the work of the CDC grant. Beckís salary was entirely paid for by the grant. Indeed, the DISD certified statements to the CDC that 100% of time spent by Beck and her administrative assistant was dedicated to the grant.

The lawsuit alleged that instead of working on the grantís objectives, DISD required Beck to spend a significant amount of her time planning and providing health education materials and seminars to DISD employees that were outside the scope of the CDC grant. Beckís internal complaints to DISD personnel, as well as a formal grievance, went unheeded.

On October 12, 2006, Wiley filed a lawsuit on behalf of Beck and the United States asking that misspent money be repaid to the federal government. The lawsuit was filed under seal and remained secret until Judge Fish ordered it unsealed on February 19, 2008.

The lawsuit was filed under the federal False Claims Act. This law allows a whistleblower to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States. The law also provides that a whistleblower may share in a percent of the amount recovered.

The $336,472.50 settlement will be divided between the United States, Beck, and her attorney. Beck will receive an award of $47,400 for her whistle blowing. Her attorney will receive $20,472.50 for fees and expenses.

Rob Wiley is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Wiley is licensed to practice law in Texas, California, and Washington, D.C. Wiley and his law office regularly represent employees in disputes with their employers. Wileyís principle office is in Dallas, Texas. This press release is not intended to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve. This press release is not intended as legal advice.

DISD is the nationís twelfth largest school district. DISD is located wholly within Dallas County, Texas. DISD contends that the settlement agreement is not an admission of liability.

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