Forthcoming audit expected to confirm Fleishman overbilling claim

LOS ANGELES: An audit of city contracts held by the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard will be released next week, with the results confirming accusations that the firm overbilled on the work it performed, according to sources close to the matter.

LOS ANGELES: An audit of city contracts held by the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard will be released next week, with the results confirming accusations that the firm overbilled on the work it performed, according to sources close to the matter.

The LA office of Fleishman has faced multiple investigations in recent months over a multimillion-dollar contract the agency held with the LA Department of Water and Power, as well as two smaller contracts with the Airports and Harbor Departments. The matter prompted the LA City Attorney's office to file a civil lawsuit against the firm, which also named former LA GM Doug Dowie as a defendant.

The city controller Laura Chick declined to comment on the audit until it is made public.

Fleishman regional president Richard Kline reiterated the agency's position that it is fully cooperating with authorities, and would pay back any proven overbilled amounts.

"If there is any inappropriate action, we will make full reimbursement," he said.

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