June 8, 2010
A federal lawsuit accuses a Chesapeake company of paying thousands of dollars in kickbacks to a defense contractor in exchange for contracts.
The U.S. attorney's office alleges in the lawsuit that employees of Superior Air Freight provided 341 gifts between 2000 and 2006, including golf trips, vacation homes and concert tickets. The lawsuit seeks a $100,000 penalty for each kickback, or about $3.4 million.
Superior Air Freight, its parent company, Givens Air Freight of Chesapeake, and two employees are named as defendants. The lawsuit was filed last month in U.S. District Court.
The defendants' attorney, Hunter W. Sims Jr., denied any wrongdoing.
The contractor wasn't identified.