TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A California company that sent the Seaman School District and several government agencies false invoices has been ordered to pay.
U.S. Development Inc. will have to pay a $132,000 civil penalty. Shawnee County Judge Franklin Theis found that the company violated the Kansas False Claims and entered the default judgment last week. The company sent at least 12 invoices in 2012 to state agencies and local governments for a “telecom maintenance agreement.” None had any previous dealings or contact with the company
“Falsely billing government agencies in an attempt to defraud Kansas taxpayers is a serious violation of the law,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “We take seriously our responsibility to guard the public treasury.”
The agencies that received these invoices included the Kansas governor’s office, Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (now known as the Department for Children and Families), Douglas County, Seaman School District, Ashland School District and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.
Schmidt filed a lawsuit against the company in October 2013, resulting in the judgment entered last week.