Commonwealth of Virginia
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HERRING ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL COMPANY
~ As part of multi-state settlement, Virginia and affected localities will receive over $2 million to resolve claims that Stericycle defrauded numerous state and local agencies by imposing improper fuel charges ~
RICHMOND (October 27, 2015) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Virginia's participation in a $26.75 million settlement with Stericycle, Inc., an Illinois-based medical waste disposal company, stemming from allegations that the company overcharged government entities by millions of dollars and violated the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and the false claims laws of 11 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government. Under the agreement, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than two hundred local and state government entities will recover over $2 million in compensation for alleged, improper fuel surcharges that did not reflect actual increases in energy costs and violated existing contracts. Affected localities in Virginia will be notified in the coming weeks.
"Virginia taxpayers expect companies to play by the rules and Stericycle violated their trust, and the trust of more than two hundred local and state entities in Virginia," said Attorney General Mark. R. Herring. "We will continue to work tirelessly for Virginia consumers to ensure that companies cannot profit off of taxpayer dollars through improper business tactics in the Commonwealth."
The lawsuit alleged that Stericycle violated state and federal false claims laws by overcharging government customers by adding fuel and energy surcharges that did not reflect actual increases in fuel and energy costs. According to the lawsuit, these increases - amounting to 18 percent every nine months - violated prices set by contracts.
In addition to Virginia, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and the federal government will receive portions of the settlement.
Assistant Attorney General Peter E. Broadbent, III represented the Commonwealth in this matter.
Last week, Attorney General Herring announced a $4 million dollar settlement with UPS under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act for overcharging government entities.
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