United Tech says Justice Department probes Sikorsky on Navy contract overbilling accusation

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United Technologies Corp. says the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into allegations that subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky and two subsidiaries overbilled the Navy on a contract.

The aerospace and building systems conglomerate said in a regulatory filing Friday that Sikorsky and its subsidiaries will cooperate fully.

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United Technologies says the federal government filed a complaint last October in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin that Sikorsky and subsidiaries, Derco Aerospace and Sikorsky Support Services Inc., violated the False Claims Act in connection with the 2006 Navy contract.

The government says accuses Derco of adding profit and overhead costs to the price of spare parts.

United Technologies, based in Hartford, Connecticut, announced Monday the sale of Sikorsky for $9 billion to Lockheed Martin.