published Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Contractor overbilled TVA with duplicate invoices

Comdata Network Inc., overbilled the Tennessee Valley Authority by more than $1 million with duplicate invoices and charges on credit cards used by TVA employees to buy fuel over a 21-month period, a TVA audit shows.

In a review of Comdata's work for TVA released Monday, TVA's Office of Inspector General claims that Comdata submitted $846,022 in duplicate invoices, merchants made duplicate charges on another $83,271 and state fuel taxes were paid although not required on another $106,174 of TVA fuel during fiscal 2012 and 2013.

"The contractor was to provide TVA with a MasterCard platform and issue fuel cards to TVA personnel to purchase fuel, vehicle fluids, and car washes for TVA-related business," TVA Inspector General Richard Moore said in a report summary released Monday. "In summary, the OIG determined TVA was overbilled $1,044,302."

In response, Comdata said it should be reimbursed by TVA for $192,042 in state taxes stripped from invoices which TVA was liable or the contractor could not claim in some states.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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