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May 21, 2018 10:30 AM, EDT

Tennessee Carrier Settles With USPS on Double-Billing Allegations

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Tracie McCormick Inc., doing business as McCormick Trucking, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations the company double billed the United States Postal Service for hauling mail, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee announced.

The agreement covers contract and common law allegations that were brought against the Murfreesboro, Tenn., company.

The U.S. Attorney’s office had alleged that McCormick used USPS-issued credit cards from approximately January 2011 to November 2013 to purchase fuel on some routes. However, the company’s contract already had provided itemized payments to McCormick for the fuel purchased on those specific routes.

“This office remains committed to protecting the public [treasury] through affirmative civil enforcement investigations and litigation,” U.S. Attorney Don Cochran said. “Be it health care fraud or government contracting disputes, we will diligently pursue any violations of federal law that result in a loss of taxpayer funds.”

The investigation was handled by the USPS Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.