NY Company To Reimburse Kansas Towns

By: Office of the Attorney General, Posted by Amanda Lanum
By: Office of the Attorney General, Posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A New York environmental services company will reimburse 13 Kansas cities and towns for falsely billing them for services, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday.

Schmidt announced that he has entered into a consent judgment with New York-based Nationwide Environmental Services for violations of the Kansas False Claims Act. The attorney general's office accused the company of sending false billings to the cities for products that never were ordered and were not provided.

"This is part of our ongoing effort to protect Kansas taxpayers," Schmidt said. "We take that task seriously."

Under terms of the judgment, the company will refund about $10,600 to the 13 communities and will also pay the cost of the investigation. The cities that will receive refunds are:
Clay Center - $1,400
Concordia - $982.57
Hardtner - $565.98
Hays - $2,243.90
Hoisington - $2,648.68
Kanopolis - $427.62
Leoti - $465.92
Linwood - $129.16
Lucas - $129.16
Minneapolis - $129.16
Mound Valley - $548.02
Paola - $130.26
Ulysses - $818.52

The attorney general filed the consent judgment last Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. The agreement was approved by the court on Tuesday. Schmidt brought the enforcement action under the Kansas False Claims Act, which gives the attorney general authority to recover public moneys that should not have been paid from the public treasury of local governments or the State of Kansas.

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