July 3, 1989
Overcharges to the government of up to $1 billion were made by private developers and mortgage companies participating in one Department of Housing and Urban Development program for low-income housing, a Dallas newspaper reported. The Dallas Morning News said in a copyrighted story that private investors, including the current U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, hid the overcharges through duplicate billings, inflated labor costs and work for unauthorized items.
March 19, 1992 |
The Environmental Protection Agency's largest private contractor--CH2M Hill Cos.--has systematically overcharged the government for overhead costs by including expenses for parties, chocolate bars, sporting events and other inappropriate items in its calculations, according to congressional investigators. In a memorandum prepared for members of a House energy and commerce subcommittee, investigators said the company, which received $35.
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March 23, 1994
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday against the operators of three companies accuses them of overcharging customers to move their belongings out of their quake-damaged homes. An April 12 arraignment date is set for Thomas J. Smith, 42, of Van Nuys, and Jeronimo Maldonado, 32, of Pacoima. Smith, president of LA Moving, Storage and Distribution, and Maldonado, who operates Maldonado Trucking, a sub-carrier of LA Moving, were charged in the criminal complaint.
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February 2, 2003 |
For the 11th time in two months, the Ventura County district attorney's office has filed a criminal complaint alleging that the Vons supermarket chain overcharges its customers. The complaint alleges that various Vons stores in Ventura County charged prices that were not advertised, posted or quoted. During routine test purchases, inspectors were overcharged on various items. Vons is accused of posting one price on items on the shelf and then charging a higher price at the register. On Oct.
June 15, 1995 |
Rockwell International Corp., after voluntarily admitting it overcharged the Defense Department on nine contracts, will pay the federal government $260,000 to avoid potential civil claims, the Justice Department said. Rockwell failed to report the discounts it received from a vendor, Florida-based Encore Computer Corp., on computer components used in missile systems sold to the Air Force.
February 4, 2003 |
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. charged the Navy $72 million for costs incurred on work for other customers from 1994 to 1999, the Justice Department contends in a lawsuit filed Monday. The government accuses Newport News of billing the Navy for costs related to the design and development of double-hulled tankers the company was building for commercial customers. Northrop became the biggest U.S. builder of warships last year after buying Newport News for $2.
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August 27, 1998 |
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's inspector general has concluded that weak or nonexistent internal controls allowed a major engineering firm to overcharge the agency more than $2.1 million for work on the Metro Rail subway project.
May 3, 1996 |
The Justice Department has claimed that health maintenance giant FHP International Corp. may have overcharged as much as $15 million on its health-benefit contracts for federal employees over a five-year period, FHP disclosed Thursday. The government notified the Fountain Valley-based company in April that it believes FHP may have violated provisions of the federal False Claims Act, the legal tool the government uses to prosecute contractors making false or fraudulent claims.
May 13, 1988 |
The federal government has joined defense whistle-blower Rod Stillwell in making new allegations that McDonnell Douglas fraudulently overcharged the Army by up to $175 million on the Apache attack helicopter program. The suit seeks total damages of up to $750 million. A Justice Department attorney said the government's decision to join in an amended complaint making the new allegations signifies that the government sees merit in the case, although it remains under investigation.
February 11, 1992 |
You may not have heard about it, but California is on the brink of war--trade war. The enemy, apparently, is Alberta. The precipitant is gas. At this point you're forgiven for thinking of "Duck Soup," in which Freedonia and Sylvania are locked in battle. Zeppo Marx tells Groucho, Freedonia's unstatesmanlike president, that a general in the field has reported a gas attack. Says Groucho: "Tell him to take a teaspoon full of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water."