Pa. Company Accused of Submarine Parts Fraud

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- A Pennsylvania company that supplied metal and other components for the Navy's Virginia-class submarines faces charges of defrauding the federal government of more than $1 million.

An information filed Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia charges Fairless Hills, Pa.-based Bristol Alloys and its president and part owner, James R. Bullick, with major fraud against the U.S. government.

The information charges that Bristol Alloys supplied metal and components to a Northrop-Grumman Shipbuilding subcontractor that didn't meet Navy specifications from 2004 or earlier through about October 2009. The materials included metal for pipe flanges and piston tailrods.
Bristol Alloys and Bullick are accused of altering test reports to falsely show the materials met specificiations

An information typically indicates that the defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.

Northrop and its partner, General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., each build modules of submarines and take turns on final assembly and delivery.