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January 24, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon committed "an honest mistake" when it undercharged the CIA by $2.5 million for 2,008 TOW anti-tank missiles later shipped to Iran as part of the Reagan Administration's secret arms deal, the Army inspector general concluded Friday. Pentagon spokesman Robert B. Sims said that the finding refutes charges by some members of Congress that the undercharging was a deliberate attempt to get around a law requiring that Congress be notified of arms shipments worth more than $14 million.
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April 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians can buy special license plates featuring pictures of whales, firefighters and palm trees, but the Department of Motor Vehicles has failed to collect up to $22 million from drivers who have them, a new audit shows. The agency appears to have undercharged some people for the plates by nearly $10.2 million, according to the study, released Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. Some fees were set below the level required by the law. DMV officials said they acted "in good faith" in setting the fees, which were created by different pieces of legislation, but said they would review the matter further.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Facing a third year of painful budget cuts, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca conceded Wednesday that his department may not be charging 40 cities enough for police services that his department is providing under contract. The statement marked a turnaround for the sheriff, who previously had insisted that raising prices would hurt cities at a time when all local governments needed to band together to resist budget cuts at the state level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County could save tens of millions of dollars if it charged more for the sheriff's services it provides to 40 cities, concludes a long-awaited county report that was released Thursday. The analysis, requested by Supervisor Gloria Molina, comes as Sheriff Lee Baca is promoting a measure to raise the sales tax to fund law enforcement and is freeing thousands of inmates from jails to cut costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County could save tens of millions of dollars if it charged more for the sheriff's services it provides to 40 cities, concludes a long-awaited county report that was released Thursday. The analysis, requested by Supervisor Gloria Molina, comes as Sheriff Lee Baca is promoting a measure to raise the sales tax to fund law enforcement and is freeing thousands of inmates from jails to cut costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2004 | Sue Fox and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, desperately seeking cash for his pinched department, has freed more than 47,000 prisoners from jail in the last year to save money and is now promoting a countywide tax hike to raise fresh funds. The sheriff has defended the early releases, saying he had no choice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians can buy special license plates featuring pictures of whales, firefighters and palm trees, but the Department of Motor Vehicles has failed to collect up to $22 million from drivers who have them, a new audit shows. The agency appears to have undercharged some people for the plates by nearly $10.2 million, according to the study, released Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. Some fees were set below the level required by the law. DMV officials said they acted "in good faith" in setting the fees, which were created by different pieces of legislation, but said they would review the matter further.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A workshop to discuss revision of city fees is set for March 11 at City Hall. Members of the City Council, Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission will be at the 6 p.m. session, which was prompted by a report concluding that Lake Forest is slightly undercharging for an array of services. Officials are reevaluating what the charges should be for services that vary from building permits to animal control.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State Fund Alleges Workers' Comp Scam: The State Compensation Insurance Fund filed a federal racketeering suit against a group of individuals and firms, mainly in Orange County, involved in the temporary employment business. The fund, a state agency that sells workers' compensation insurance, says the defendants defrauded it of more than $6 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Facing a third year of painful budget cuts, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca conceded Wednesday that his department may not be charging 40 cities enough for police services that his department is providing under contract. The statement marked a turnaround for the sheriff, who previously had insisted that raising prices would hurt cities at a time when all local governments needed to band together to resist budget cuts at the state level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2004 | Sue Fox and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, desperately seeking cash for his pinched department, has freed more than 47,000 prisoners from jail in the last year to save money and is now promoting a countywide tax hike to raise fresh funds. The sheriff has defended the early releases, saying he had no choice.
NEWS
January 24, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon committed "an honest mistake" when it undercharged the CIA by $2.5 million for 2,008 TOW anti-tank missiles later shipped to Iran as part of the Reagan Administration's secret arms deal, the Army inspector general concluded Friday. Pentagon spokesman Robert B. Sims said that the finding refutes charges by some members of Congress that the undercharging was a deliberate attempt to get around a law requiring that Congress be notified of arms shipments worth more than $14 million.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1989 | From Times wire services
Customers of supermarkets with automatic checkout scanners were overcharged in 32 of the 33 stores checked by New York state inspectors this year, officials said. The 32 stores, which include all of the major supermarket chains, were fined a total of $5,015 for the violations, said Joseph Ferrara, assistant director of food inspection services for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
OPINION
December 21, 2003
Re "Halliburton Overcharge Not Intentional, Pentagon Says," Dec. 18: Can you imagine the reaction of a judge to a driver who claimed he didn't run over that old woman in a crosswalk, it was his old car that did it? But we are supposed to swallow the story that the people at Halliburton aren't really responsible for overcharging the Pentagon (the U.S. taxpayers) $61 million, it was the firm's "antiquated" accounting that did it. I wonder if Halliburton would have allowed its accounting system to hang around long enough to become antiquated if it were in the habit of undercharging.
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