Auditor says state was overbilled for corrections services

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A new report says the Corrections Department has been routinely overbilled by a private firm contracted to provide health care services to Vermont inmates. A report by Vermont Auditor Elizabeth Ready focused on the performance of Correctional Medical Services of St. Louis.

The report alleges that the company overbilled the state by more than $140,000 for hours that company employees never worked. The report also charges that the firm double-billed the department for drug costs that were reimbursed.

Company officials are disputing Ready’s findings.

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