SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The government says a security company that provides guards for most of the nation's federal courthouses has agreed to pay nearly $1.9 million to settle allegations that its workers conducted lax firearms tests in Northern California.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Thursday with New Mexico-based Akal Security Inc., which has a $1.6 billion contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to manage court security.
The government alleged that some of the company's range masters gave guards more time than they should have to complete tests of their gun skills, but told the Marshal's Service the guards had passed the timed tests.
Akal Security President Daya Khalsa didn't immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment.
The Justice Department says the improper tests involved guards only at federal courthouses in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.