Kris Lapp and i3 Global were recognized by the Department of Energy as the 2016 Protege of the Year for the mentor-protégé that the program encourages DOE's large contractors to help disadvantaged small businesses.
Courtesy of the Department of Energy.
A well-known Tri-Cities businessman is accused of not paying nearly $ 450,000 to a subcontractor after receiving federal money for work in the Hanford nuclear reserve.
Kris Lapp and his company i3 Global. received the federal funds from Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance for work he had subcontracted to another small company, Integrated global staff, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed Friday by Integrated Global in the Benton County Superior Court.
"… Kristopher Lapp spent, misappropriated and / or diverted money fraudulently from the general contractor of i3 Global, MSA, for his own personal benefit instead of Global Integrated invoices," according to the lawsuit.
The Department of Energy pays contractors as the Mission Support Alliance (MSA) for work at Hanford, and contractors must subcontract part of the work to small businesses. In this case, a small company apparently later outsourced their work from Hanford to another small company.
The integrated global staff filled certain staff positions on behalf of i3 Global in the Mission Support Alliance.
I3 Global is accused of not paying seven invoices received from Integrated Global from August 2018 through January 2019 for a total of $ 446,618 for the Mission Support Alliance work.
Some employees of i3 Global reported that they did not receive paychecks on April 12 and that they were told they were being fired.
I3 Global had about a dozen employees at that time, not including its other personnel contracts.
Mission Support Alliance said that i3 Global was doing the graphics work and had found suppliers for the work that i3 Global indicated it could not finish.
The people who work under the i3 Global contracts moved to other employers, the Mission Support Alliance said.
Lapp also appears in the documents of the state of Washington as one of the five owners of Solar Spirits of Richland. Solar spirits are not mentioned in the lawsuit.
Participation of the Tri-Cities community.
It is also known as "#lappdaddyapproved"On a Facebook page, where he publishes about food in Tri-Cities and other restaurants. A month ago he published that he had signed to partner with the fundraiser Pasco Taco Crawl 2019.
Last year, his company was also responsible for the management of social networks, photography, videography and illustrations for the Water Follies seaplane races.
I3 Global was formed in 2013 to provide information technology, personnel and creative and media services to federal and commercial clients, says its website.
In 2017, i3 Global was recognized by the Department of Energy, Office of Utilization of Small and Disadvantaged Enterprises such as the Protege of the Year 2016. The mentor-protected program encourages the DOE's large contractors to help disadvantaged small businesses.
"Due to the success of the mentor-protected program, i3 Global has grown from five employees to more than 40 employees in less than a year," the DOE said in 2017.
"Our company has the mission of showing the positive aspects of the work that is being done at Hanford and the enormous amount of technological talent in our large community," Lapp said at the time.
Lapp did not return several messages from the Herald in his Kennewick office.
A trial date for the claim is set in April 2020.