It doesn’t inspire much confidence when the company that Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration hired to prevent fraud has settled a $63.7 million whistle-blower lawsuit accusing it of fraud. Kansas recently awarded Accenture an $85 million contract for a computer system to verify eligibility for Medicaid and other services, plus another $10 million a year for five years to administer the program. But whistle-blowers in Arkansas and the U.S. Justice Department accused the company of bid-rigging, taking kickbacks and fraudulently inflating the prices the government paid for computers and services. Accenture said the settlement was not an admission of guilt.
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