Academy Bus and several related legal entities and individuals will pay $ 20.5 million to decide state lawsuit Claiming that the bus company overestimated the cost of New Jersey Transit, underestimating reports of missed bus trips and overcharging for hours and miles, which was the largest in the history of the False Claims Act outside the health sector, said Acting Attorney General J. . Brooke.
In November 2020, the state intervened in a lawsuit filed by a former Academy employee against the company. The state’s complaint alleges that the Academy was involved in a “multi-million-dollar scam” without reporting tens of thousands of missed bus trips between April 2012 and December 2018. Seven NJ Transit bus routes were considered. in the Hudson and South Goodson service areas, which handled about 175,000 bus trips each year. The academy exhibited NJ Transit about $ 12 million annually for its services.
Under the agreement, the Academy should implement concrete steps to strengthen internal accountability from drivers to executives and ensure greater transparency of any contracts with NJ Transit. The Academy will maintain independent integrity monitoring and establish new policies, procedures and training to ensure accurate reporting of missed bus trips, hours and mileage.
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