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PostSubject: Company fined millions for fraud in US tipped to take over hated fit-for-work tests   Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:26 pm

Company fined millions for fraud in US tipped to take over hated fit-for-work tests

GLOBAL firm Maximum are in pole position for the £500million UK Government contract, despite a history of allegations of corruption, incompetence and discrimination.

A COMPANY fined millions for fraud in the US are tipped to take over the hated fit-for-work tests.

Global firm Maximus are in pole position for the £500million UK Government contract, despite a history of allegations of corruption, incompetence and discrimination.

The successful bidder will be announced next week.

French firm Atos walked away from the contract earlier this year amid a storm of criticism over the tests for the Department for Work and Pensions.

And whoever takes over will have to navigate a massive backlog of claims.

Maximus were founded in 1997 in the US to provide government services in health and welfare.

In 2007, they were fined £20million over allegations they cheated Medicaid, the US equivalent of the NHS, by making tens of thousands of false claims. While paying the penalty, they did not accept liability.

In 2010 they paid out £1.3million in a lawsuit brought by the state of Connecticut for the “abject failure” of their computer system, which was supposed to run a police database.

The state’s attorney-general Richard Blumenthal said: “Maximus minimised quality – squandering millions of taxpayer dollars and shortchanging law enforcement agencies.”

MP Tom Greatrex, who has campaigned on the DWP tests, said: “If Maximus are to take on the tests contract, that will be a chilling prospect for anybody aware of their track record in the US.”

Dame Anne Begg MP, chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said: “The Government need to do a complete redesign of the whole process. Just changing the company doesn’t make it better for individuals.”

Last night, a spokesman for Maximus said they had no comment on either the DWP contract or their track record in the United States.

A spokesman for the DWP said that the competition was still open and no decision had been made on the preferred bidder.
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