by Ben Vernia | July 8th, 2014
On July 8, the Department of Justice announced that Virginia-based RE/Max Allegiance Relocation Services has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle charges, first filed by a whistleblower, that the company overcharged the government for moving services provided within the United States and between the U.S. and Canada. According to DOJ’s press release:
RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services, a Virginia-based move management company, has agreed to pay the government $509,807 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overbilling for transportation services, the Department of Justice announced today.
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The settlement relates to allegations involving contracts to transport personal property of federal employees relocating duty stations within the United States and between the United States and Canada. The government alleged that the defendant charged for move management services that were not provided and overbilled agencies on other moves by charging inapplicable tariff rates.
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DOJ announced that the whistleblower, a former employee of the company, will receive $86,667 (a 17.3% relator’s share).