Judge: No settlement money for Hanford worker

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a former worker convicted of time card fraud at the Hanford nuclear reservation will not receive any money from a government settlement.

The Tri-City Herald reports that Carl Schroeder had worked for former Hanford contractor CH2M Hill Hanford Group Inc. The company agreed in March to pay an $18.5 million civil and criminal penalty related to the time card scheme.

Schroeder filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company in June 2009. He also was one of nine current or former employees to plead guilty to charges in the scheme.

U.S. Judge Lonny Suko dismissed Schroeder from the whistleblower lawsuit Monday. Suko said the law is clear that anyone convicted of criminal conduct not receive any part of a settlement that resulted from the fraud.

Information from our Tri-City Herald colleagues