Coakley: Verizon pays $1.3M to resolve allegation the company overcharged Massachusetts

Associated Press

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Verizon has paid more than $1.3 million to resolve an allegation that the company overcharged the state for telecommunications services under a statewide procurement contract.

Coakley says the settlement resolves a lawsuit pending in Hampshire Superior Court and also requires Verizon to make additional payment offers to towns, cities and others affected by the alleged overbilling.

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Verizon did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.

Verizon has a contract with the state to provide telephone services to government entities at specific rates. Coakley says the company allegedly invoiced certain state contract customers for a variety of items and services at rates higher than those permitted by the contract.