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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
March 19, 1992 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE
For the second time in two years, Ralphs Grocery Co. has pleaded no contest to criminal counts of overcharging customers at some of its stores and has agreed to pay fines and a penalty. The charges involved disparities between the posted shelf prices on some products and prices registered at the checkout counter. The accusations followed inspections by Los Angeles County officials at 10 supermarkets in the San Fernando Valley and central and West Los Angeles. City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucky Stores agreed to pay more than $8,000 in fines and penalties Tuesday to settle misdemeanor allegations of overcharging customers on discounted merchandise at five San Fernando Valley markets. Daniel Doyle, an attorney representing the supermarkets, entered no contest pleas for two misdemeanor charges and three infractions. He declined further comment. "There's not much of a legal argument [on the] part of the corporation," said Deputy City Atty. Don Cocek, who prosecuted the case.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1995 | GEOFF BOUCHER
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.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
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.
NEWS
May 3, 1996 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1988 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
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.
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