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May 11, 2023

Posted  May 11, 2023

GCI Communications Corp. has agreed to pay $40 million to resolve a whistleblower case by its former Director of Business Administration, which alleged the company violated the False Claims Act by failing to comply with competitive bidding regulations for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program.  In order to participate in the program—which awards $570 million in subsidies annually to bring critical telecommunications services to rural healthcare providers—GCI was subject to regulations governing the prices it could charge these providers.  However, GCI charged inflated rates to a provider in Alaska, thereby receiving higher subsidy payments than it was entitled to.  For launching a successful enforcement action, whistleblower Robert Taylor will receive a $6.4 million share of the settlement.  DOJ

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