Contractor overbilled TVA with duplicate invoices

Contractor overbilled TVA with duplicate invoices

June 17th, 2014 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

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.