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United Airlines to pay $49.5M to settle mail contract probe

United Airlines agreed to pay $49.5 million to resolve legal prices and civil claims relating to fraud on Postal Service contracts for transportation of worldwide mail, the US Justice Department stated Friday.

“United defrauded the US Postal Service by providing falsified parcel delivery information over a period of years and accepting millions of dollars of payments to which the company was not entitled,” the Justice Department’s performing legal division chief Nicholas L. McQuaid stated.

United didn’t instantly remark.

The Justice Department stated between 2012 and 2015, United defrauded the US Postal Service (USPS) by submitting false supply scan information. The authorities stated United submitted automated supply scans primarily based on aspirational supply occasions. The authorities stated some people at United sought “to hide the automation practices included efforts to revise the falsified delivery times to make the automated scans appear less suspicious to USPS.”

United agreed to strengthen its compliance program and to submit yearly reviews to the Justice Department detailing the standing of remediation and implementation of United’s compliance program and inner controls.

The authorities cited United’s prior historical past, together with a 2016 non-prosecution settlement relating to potential legal bribery violations arising out of United’s institution and operation of a continuous route between NJ’s Newark Liberty International Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.

In 2019, American Airlines, paid $22.1 million to settle claims it falsely reported the occasions it transferred possession of US mail to international postal administrations or different supposed recipients, the Justice Department stated.

USPS contracted with American to take possession of receptacles of US mail at six places after which ship it to quite a few worldwide and home locations. The settlement resolves claims American Airlines falsely reported the occasions it transferred possession of the mail. American didn’t instantly remark.

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