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A recently laid-off senior contract administrator for Bell Helicopter Textron is accusing the defense contractor of encouraging employees to submit "false claims" and to "illegally overcharge" the Army.
George Robertson, a Watauga resident, recently filed a federal lawsuit against Bell claiming the contractor practiced age discrimination and retaliation for his reporting the "false claims" to the government.
Robertson said he contacted the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and the House Oversight and Investment Committee, which he said are investigating the charges.
"It was referred to DOD (Department of Defense) hot line and DOD investigators got …