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By Leslie Cauley | November 28, 1991
A software programming error caused 113,000 Maryland and Washington customers of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. to be billed several times for some long-distance calls last month. Affected accounts will receive a credit on next month's bills.The latest snafu represents the second time in four months that area phone customers have been overcharged because of a problem with C&P's billing software.In October, C&P said it had discovered in August that it had been erroneously charging some Anne Arundel customers for a county tax that had long been discontinued.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Facing criticism from Baltimore and nearby counties over high drug bills, doctors who prescribe marked-up medication under Maryland's workers' compensation system have proposed capping their prescription fees. But the doctors' proposal would allow them to charge up to between 130 and 150 percent of pharmacy rates for drugs, plus a $12 fee for each prescription and a 20 percent penalty if counties don't pay — legislation that, if passed, municipalities say would cost them millions of dollars more than what pharmacies charge for pills.
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By New York Times News Service | March 1, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Despite a federal law intended to protect Medicare patients against excessive doctors' bills, many patients have been overcharged and have been unable to get refunds or assistance from the government, say state insurance commissioners and the beneficiaries themselves.Part of the problem is that, for more than a year, Medicare officials have used inaccurate, misleading language on forms sent to beneficiaries who filed claims. After a reporter made inquiries, the officials promised late last week to correct these forms and to be more diligent in monitoring the billing practices of doctors.
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Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
When Marylanders purchase the painkiller Vicodin, it costs about 37 cents a pill at a pharmacy. But when a doctor dispenses it under Maryland's workers' compensation system, the cost per pill can increase dramatically, officials and doctors acknowledge.It sells for $1.46 a pill, four times the standard cost, according to a study by the Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute. The pain reliever Percocet is no better: When dispensed by a doctor, it's four times more expensive for local governments and private employers who foot the bill in the workers' compensation system, the study found.
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By Robert A. Rosenblatt and Robert A. Rosenblatt,Los Angeles Times | March 4, 1992
WASHINGTON -- In a frantic effort to clean up failed thrifts in the West, the Resolution Trust Corp. was overcharged as much as $4 million as accountants billed the government for 16-hour days and for flying families in for weekend visits, a Senate committee was told yesterday.Most of the bills were submitted by Financial Management Task Force, a small Denver concern that was hired without competitive bidding for the $20 million special emergency accounting project, witnesses told the Governmental Affairs Committee.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 4, 1998
WASHINGTON -- MCI Communications Corp. will reimburse Bell Atlantic Corp. customers overcharged for using an MCI "dial-around" discount long-distance service.Under an agreement announced yesterday with the Federal Communications Commission, customers who were overcharged during an eight-month period starting in October will be credited within several months.The FCC has received about 60 complaints on the issue."It was a fairly short-term problem," said Sharon Lee, an FCC spokeswoman. "The complaint level has dropped off significantly.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 13, 2003
WASHINGTON - President Bush made clear yesterday that he believed a subsidiary of the politically connected Halliburton Co. overcharged the Pentagon millions of dollars for supplying fuel to Iraq and, if it did, would have to repay the government. "If there is an overcharge like we think there is, we expect that money to be repaid," Bush said sternly. The president spoke to reporters after a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room to announce his choice of Alphonso Jackson to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, replacing Mel Martinez, who resigned to explore a run for a Florida seat in the Senate.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1994
HMO settles overcharge caseGroup Health Association Inc., a health maintenance organization, has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle allegations that it overcharged federal agencies and employees for health care benefits from 1990 to 1993, the Justice Department said yesterday. Federal investigators accused Group Health of overcharging after discovering it failed to tell the Office of Personnel Management about discounts it offers to other employers.
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By Peter Pae and Peter Pae,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 21, 2003
Northrop Grumman Corp. has agreed to pay $80 million to settle two whistle-blower lawsuits stemming from allegations that the defense contractor overcharged the government on a commercial tanker program and sold the Navy defective military equipment, the Justice Department said yesterday. The settlements, which were expected, involved payments that were far less than the initial claims levied against the Los Angeles-based defense contractor. In the case against Northrop's Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary, government officials accused the company of overcharging the Pentagon $72 million for work on a commercial tanker program.
NEWS
December 15, 2007
Baltimore : Patterson Park Santa to visit ice rink today Santa Claus will visit the Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Family Ice Skating Rink at Patterson Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and cookies will be available, according to the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission is $4. The rink is at 200 S. Linwood Ave. and is open from October through mid-April. For more information on Skate with Santa, call 410-396-9392. Transportation : Bay Bridge EZ Pass overcharges discovered Some EZ Pass users who cross the Bay Bridge might have been overcharged at the toll plaza for several days in October.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
The Baltimore County police union says county officials have ignored a ruling by the state's highest court to reimburse some 400 retired Police Department employees for overpaid insurance premiums. A Maryland Court of Appeals decision in November required the county to reimburse the employees for wrongful deductions, but in a motion filed Friday in county Circuit Court, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 4, says it hasn't happened. The union estimates the county owes retirees $572,887.10 through May 2011.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Baltimore officials are threatening to cancel the city's contract with Berman's Towing over allegations that the company is adding "excessive charges" to its bills. "Please be advised that these unauthorized actions must immediately cease," Timothy Krus, the city's purchasing agent, wrote in a letter received Friday by Berman's Towing. The company is one of the city's "medallion" towing firms that respond to police calls for service. Krus wrote that the company and its two subsidiaries, Berman's Towing 2 and Berman's Towing 4, have been "found to be in default of the terms" of its contract with the city that allows it to tow vehicles when called by the police.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
The state commission that regulates hospital rates has not kept adequate tabs on hospital billings, according to legislative auditors, who say that four hospitals they checked have overcharged by more than $13 million. An audit of three regulatory agencies under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found "control deficiencies" at one, the Health Services Cost Review Commission, which left auditors with a "lack of assurance" that billings by the state's 53 hospitals were proper.
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By Luke Broadwater and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
City public works officials say they are adjusting water bills for Baltimore public schools after several were overbilled this year by thousands of dollars — including one school whose bill rose nearly $200,000. The school system, meanwhile, has not paid a water bill in six months while administrators contest what they believe are exorbitant charges, said Victor de la Paz, the school system's chief financial officer. "We're not going to pay it until we understand it," de la Paz said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
A Baltimore-based contracting company overbilled the city's Department of Public Works $26,492 last year, according to a report released by the city's inspector general Thursday. According to Baltimore Inspector General David McClintock, EBA Engineering billed the city between March and July of last year for 313 hours of labor that it did not provide. The company had been hired to do design and engineering work to improve the city's sewer system. Nanda Sen, president of EBA Engineering, acknowledged Thursday that his company had indeed overbilled the city and said the problem was caused by a computer coding error.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Customers of a local propane supplier were unknowing charged a fee once they suspended service with the company, according to the Howard County office of consumer affairs. United Propane of Millersville in Anne Arundel County unfairly charged 39 Howard residents who discontinued service a "final processing fee," ranging from $12.59 to $250, which they had not been made aware of previously, the consumer affairs office said. United Propane denies any violation of the law, agreed to refund a total of $2,783.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1995
The merchants of Boston's historic Faneuil Hall market yesterday filed a class action suit in a Massachusetts court against their landlord, Columbia-based Rouse Co., claiming that Rouse has been overcharging them for years "with an intent to deceive and defraud."The suit marks the culmination of a long-simmering dispute between the Faneuil Hall shop owners and Rouse. It asserts that Faneuil Hall Marketplace Inc., a subsidiary of the Rouse Co., "has systematically overcharged the current and former retail tenants by secretly and improperly inflating" maintenance costs.
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July 5, 1992
Challenge the CAFrom: Albert GenemansColumbiaMy Columbia Association annual charge increased last year from $475 to $684.While CA overcharged me only 25 percent last fiscal year, this fiscal year it overcharged me by 57 percent. The infamous and notorious "savings provision" allows CA to overcharge people by large amounts of money.I took CA to court on this matter to find some relief of these enormous charges. Judge James N. Vaughan of the Howard County District Court was very sympathetic, but he did not give me any relief.
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By Julie Scharper and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Baltimore's Public Works Department is issuing more than $4.2 million in water bill refunds to 38,000 households in the city and Baltimore County after an audit showed the agency overcharged tens of thousands of customers. The audit, released Wednesday, found that some homes received only estimated water bills for years at a time while others received no bills. And while city water officials say they made $40 million in billing corrections in 2010 alone, the auditors were unable to locate paperwork to support that.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Dava Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay about $11 million to settle federal claims that it misreported drugs prices so it could charge more of the state-federal Medicaid program, according to U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others in the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The settlement, under the False Claims Act, resolves allegations that Dava and corporate predecessors knowingly bucked the Medicaid rebate program between Oct. 1, 2005 and Sept.
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