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Electrolizing Corp.

Electrolizing is a metal plating subcontractor that used to build nuclear submarines. The company came under government scrutiny after a whistleblower testified that Electrolizing had performed some of the work improperly and covered it up by falsifying test results and certifications. Investigation showed that many usable parts scrapped by Electrolizing were worth more than $369,000. Former Electrolizing employee Robert Buerger pleaded guilty in 2004 to conspiracy to defraud the United States, and former employee Gerald Atkinson was convicted of making a false statement and major fraud against the United States.

Electrolizing has paid the federal government $1.5 million to settle the civil claim and accepted responsibility. Electrolizing has taken additional steps including becoming ISO-9001 certified and adding an ethics program for all employees. (Jan-30-07) [CRAINS CLEVELAND: ELECTROLIZING WHISTLEBLOWER]

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Published on Feb-2-07


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