UF Settles False Claims Allegations for $20 Million

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Posted at 10:03 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 17:11:16-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida has agreed to pay almost $20 million to settle allegations that it improperly charged the federal government on grants it received.

The U.S. Department of Justice reported in a news release Friday that the state's flagship university admitted no liability in settling the false claims allegations.

The federal government alleged that the university had improperly charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for salary and administrative costs on hundreds of federal grants. The grants were used to fund medical research and were awarded to the University of Florida from 2005 to 2010.

School officials said in a statement that the allegations dealt with bookkeeping problems that have been remedied. Vice President for Research David Norton said the school was in the process of addressing the problems when federal auditors began investigating.

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