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March 25, 1991
How appropriate Stanford's nickname is "the farm." A possible $200 million in overbilling indicates it's just another pig at the public trough. TERRENCE THOMPSON, Whittier
July 25, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Devin Kelly
The Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has emerged as a key player in the FBI investigation into a state senator, on Thursday sued a politically connected company for allegedly overbilling it by nearly $1 million. The lawsuit marks the beginning of an effort by the new management of Central Basin to change the agency's political culture and investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the old leadership, officials said. Tony Perez, a former Metropolitan Water District engineer who was installed as the district's new general manager in May, said he is trying to understand how the district spent money and awarded contracts.
March 3, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The White House said President Clinton retains full confidence in Associate Atty. Gen. Webster Hubbell, whose legal billing practices are being scrutinized by Hubbell's former law firm. Clinton "stands by Webb. He believes him, believes his denial," Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers said. The vote of confidence followed a Washington Post report that the Rose Law Firm of Little Rock, Ark.
March 15, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials are pursuing two parallel investigations into the relationship between Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and a wealthy political donor, with a grand jury investigation underway in South Florida and a public corruption review by special prosecutors in Washington, according to sources close to the matter. The dual investigations are designed to sift through allegations that Menendez, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, aided Dr. Salomon Melgen, a South Florida ophthalmologist, in his business dealings in return for political contributions.
Orange County has been forced to repay $480,000 to the Federal Aviation Administration after the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that the county withheld that amount from a paving contractor but still billed the federal government. A federal prosecutor specializing in fraud spent more than a year investigating county airport staff and considered bringing a "false claims" action against the county.
The Rose Law Firm has decided to file an ethics complaint against former Associate Atty. Gen. Webster Hubbell and some of the firm's partners are urging a review of the expense account and billing records of other current and former Rose lawyers, including First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, sources close to the firm said.
August 1, 1994
Maura Dolan's July 16 article on lawyers overbilling hit right on the mark. Unfortunately she didn't really address the main problem, that of the everyday working stiff who either instigates a lawsuit or is dragged into one. My wife and I were sued by her former partner; she countersued. That was in 1991. Over the next two years, the attorneys we had retained managed to run up a fee bill of $70,000 without having taken a deposition. When we questioned, them the answer was always, "You're not a lawyer, let us do our work."
January 26, 1988 | United Press International
Rockwell International was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles today for overcharging the government nearly $500,000 for work on parts of an Air Force satellite navigational system. The indictment charges that the aerospace giant overbilled the federal government in a $1.2-billion contract for the Navstar Global Positioning System, which is being built at Rockwell's satellite systems division in Seal Beach, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Janet Goldstein.
August 11, 1988
The Downey City Council decided Tuesday to further investigate bills of a contractor who has admitted overcharging the city more than $13,000 to maintain air conditioning and heating systems at the Civic Center during the past three years. Weatherite Service Corp. of Industry offered Downey a $15,180 settlement for the overbilling, which it blamed on a computer error and a contractual misunderstanding.
November 26, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County tax officials revealed Tuesday that the value of Disneyland Resort had been significantly overestimated over a four-year period, resulting in a tax-refund windfall of several million dollars for the amusement park. The errors, totaling more than $1.2 billion in over-assessments, occurred during a spate of construction from 1994 to 1997 during which, for example, a ride being dismantled was confused with one being built.
October 24, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Retired social worker Nina Nestor got an all-too-familiar phone call last week: Her prescription refill was ready at her CVS store in San Clemente. Trouble is, the 83-year-old cancer patient didn't ask for the refill or numerous others that CVS pharmacists filled this year without her permission. "The pharmacist told me after two weeks they put it back in stock and reverse the billing," Nestor said. "But I wonder about that. " Government officials share her concerns. Allegations that the pharmacy giant has been automatically refilling medications without patient consent - and possibly overbilling insurers and government programs for unused medicine - have sparked four government investigations in recent weeks, the most recent by the U.S. Justice Department.
October 7, 2010 | By Abby Sewell and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A jury in Compton on Wednesday found that a former city employee colluded with a psychologist and another person in a workers' compensation overbilling scheme that cost the city about $1.6 million. Compton had sued to recover the overpaid money from Stephen Okonta, the city's former workers' compensation coordinator, and Aline Smith, a marriage and family therapist. Lawyers for the city argued that the pair bilked the city out of $929,431 over eight years. Another entity implicated in the suit, Oliver-Carr Medical Management, allegedly collected $695,000 from the city without seeing a single patient.
February 5, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Eight chiropractors, three office administrators and an attorney were arrested and charged in Orange County this week after an undercover operation allegedly caught them in schemes to defraud insurance companies through illegal patient referrals, kickbacks and overbilling for procedures that were never done, authorities said Wednesday.
January 9, 2009 | Ted Rohrlich
A public relations executive convicted of fraud for overbilling the city of Los Angeles is seeking a retrial, citing newly discovered evidence that he says shows the star witness against him had an undisclosed motive to lie. The executive, John Stodder, was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2006 for overcharging the city's Department of Water and Power for work done by his firm, Fleishman-Hillard. He was convicted of conspiring with his boss, Douglas Dowie. Both men are free on appeal.
June 25, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a Colorado-based construction and engineering firm, accusing it of overbilling the utility over a seven-year period. The lawsuit alleged that the Englewood-based company conspired to defraud the DWP by preparing and approving numerous invoices that "artificially inflated the value of the work performed by CH2M Hill and its subcontractors."
March 29, 2008 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
The California company headed by former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi overcharged the agency some $6 million under a long-term contract to conduct physical evaluations on veterans applying for disability benefits, an audit has found. The report, released Thursday, also questioned a proposal by the Department of Veterans Affairs to amend the contract with the company -- QTC Management Inc., based in Diamond Bar -- to charge higher rates than currently authorized.
November 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
One of the U.S. government's largest military contractors will pay $8 million to settle 6-year-old claims that it overcharged the Army for construction and other support services in the Balkans, the Justice Department said. KBR, a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton Co., was accused of double-billing the government and ordering unusable products while helping build Camp Bondsteel in Serbia's Kosovo province, prosecutors said.
October 30, 1988 | RICK HOLGUIN, Times Staff Writer
After months of investigation, the City Council has decided to settle with an air-conditioning maintenance firm that has admitted overbilling the city by thousands of dollars since 1985. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a settlement of $14,789 from the Weatherite Service Corp. for the excessive charges, as well as staff time to investigate the matter.
November 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A medical transport service overcharged the federal government nearly $2 million to evacuate sick or injured people during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a government audit found. CareFlite, based in Texas, billed the Department of Health and Human Services $5.7 million for transporting 810 patients, according to an audit by the agency's inspector general. The audit said there were times CareFlite used its own aircraft when it could have looked for less expensive transportation.
January 31, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations and newspaper executive Douglas R. Dowie was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in federal prison for defrauding city taxpayers, adding a painful coda to a career that once scaled the heights of Los Angeles media influence and political power. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess told Dowie that he had abused the public's trust and lost his "moral compass" in masterminding a scheme to overbill city government for consulting services.
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