WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Attorneys General Karl A.
Racine, Mark R. Herring and Brian E. Frosh have announced the District of
Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and the federal government have settled with MV
Transportation after allegations of false billing.
MV Transportation is a private company focused on
transportation management services. The organization allegedly falsely billed
the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for elderly and
disabled rider transportation. The lawsuit stemmed from whistleblower
complaints stating MV Transportation charged MetroAccess for “canceled”
trips after consumers had passed away and for more expensive wheelchair-accessible
vehicles for riders who did not need the service.
“Ensuring integrity in the use of taxpayer money is a top
priority for this office and one of the key roles of any state attorney
general," Racine said. "We were proud to work with our colleagues from Maryland, Virginia and
the federal government to safeguard the funds of this crucial
The company, as part of the settlement, will pay the state
of Virginia $22,531, the state of Maryland $92,040 and the District of Columbia
“Each state pays into the Metro system, and we expect that
our taxpayers’ contributions will be used for the benefit of riders, not lost
to fraudulent billing practices,” Herring said.