Lucent to pay $4.2M over Iraq 911 system testing

SEATTLE (AP) — A French-owned telecommunications company has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit over the testing of a 911-style emergency response system in Iraq, the Justice Department said Friday.

Lucent Technologies World Services Inc., a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, was awarded a $250 million U.S. Army contract to build the system for Baghdad and 15 other cities in 2004.

The project’s former manager, Geoffrey Willson, said in a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle that Lucent lied to the U.S. government when it claimed to have completed testing of the system’s radio transmission sites and of the network as a whole.

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