August 14, 2015 |
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and other units of Rhode Island-based Citizens Financial Group have agreed to pay more than $30 million in restitution and penalties for not bothering to correct small deposit errors - up to $50 a transaction - for business and consumer customers from 2008 through 2013, federal bank regulators said Wednesday. "We are pleased to have resolved this matter from an earlier era," Citizens said in a statement, admitting that its past practices "could have been better.
October 12, 2014 |
Edgewater Park Township has agreed to pay $1,900 in legal fees incurred by a paid political researcher who sued over a delayed open-records request. Jim Logue, a Medford resident who works for the Burlington County Republican Committee, requested 15 years of public records - 21,500 pages - and filed suit when the township failed to provide them within 14 days. Looking for information on Edgewater Park Mayor Tom Pullion, a Democrat running this fall for the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, Logue asked for electronic copies of meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, bills, permits, cellphone records, payroll, property taxes, and grant applications, among other documents dating to 1999, when Pullion was first elected to the council.
October 12, 2014 |
In June, Anthony Capone said he liked his AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage plan so much he persuaded his 89-year-old mother and aunt to make the switch. Things were going along fine until recently, when the Mount Laurel businessman's renewal notice arrived in the mail. He opened the package and was taken aback. His monthly premium had spiked to $62 a month, a $23 rise. Other fees - in-hospital co-pay (up to $175), Part D deductible ($25), and ambulance ($100) - have also risen.
June 19, 2014 |
A Deptford nursing home scrutinized by health officials for persistent issues has lost its federal agreement providing for Medicare and Medicaid payments, making its closing likely. All residents at the 139-bed Gloucester Manor Health Care Center receiving payments under the programs must leave the facility by Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to families late last week by the center's administrator. The Salina Road home has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Special Focus Facility" list for three years.
May 23, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Ocean City Housing Authority has finally voted to reimburse the city nearly $1 million for fixing a public-housing development damaged by Sandy, and three members who objected immediately resigned. The city had used money from its affordable-housing funds to renovate the 60 units of Pecks Beach Village flooded during the October 2012 storm and was able to return displaced residents by February 2013. Mayor Jay Gillian has said he considered the preservation of the community - one of Ocean City's only affordable and racially mixed year-round housing areas - an urgent priority.
April 11, 2014 |
Among the weapons to treat the "wet" form of macular degeneration in 2012 were two potent drugs that are injected into the eye. Studies have found the two to be equally effective, yet Medicare pays doctors less than $50 to administer one and about $320 to inject the other. Which do you think doctors used more often? The costlier one, by far. Local ophthalmologists say that money isn't a factor in their decisions and that there are medical reasons to use the more expensive Lucentis for some patients.
January 9, 2014 |
A SUBURBAN contractor found to have bilked the city out of millions of dollars for shoddy road work will be forking over a hefty chunk of it back. Danella Companies Inc., of Plymouth Meeting, signed a no-fault agreement with the city and will pay more than $2 million to Philadelphia Gas Works, the Mayor's Office announced yesterday. The Office of the Inspector General began its investigation in 2010 at the behest of PGW, which spotted discrepancies in the amount of construction paving material for which Danella billed PGW and the amount of material that was actually installed.
August 23, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday that an audit of the Chester Community Charter School found that it had received more than $1.2 million in improper lease-reimbursement payments. Noting that his office had found similar problems at six other charter schools in March, DePasquale called on the state Department of Education to enforce its own policies regarding lease payments to charter schools. "We're going to continue to bang away at this," he said in a telephone news conference about the Chester Community audit.
July 25, 2013 |
Eight businesses have agreed to reimburse 185 Hurricane Sandy victims for overcharging them for emergency services, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday. The businesses include four hotels accused of raising room prices excessively as victims scrambled to find temporary housing. The others are gas stations sued for raising the price of fuel or merchandise when there was a high demand and long lines for gasoline. The $282,844 in settlements are the first involving hotel operators sued for raising prices during the state of emergency declared in October by Gov. Christie.
July 19, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Gov. Christie said Wednesday that he never encouraged homeowners to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy with the expectation that they would be reimbursed by the federal government. While the state said this week that 3,500 grants of up to $150,000 in federal aid money had been awarded, thousands more homeowners found out that they were declared ineligible or wait-listed. And those with more than 50 percent damage to their homes were told they would not be reimbursed for work already done.