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NYS Audit Questions Special Education Provider's Billing

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state comptroller says a special education provider overbilled school districts by more than $600,000.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says more than $500,000 of the unwarranted charges was for employee bonuses. He recommended that the state Education Department disallow the charges, which were found during an audit of three years of billing totaling $27.3 million. The provider, Westchester-based John A. Coleman School, disagreed with some of the audit's findings and defended the bonuses. DiNapoli recommended that the Education Department adjust Coleman's tuition reimbursement rates to recover overpayments. A DiNapoli spokesman says there was no suggestion of criminality. DiNapoli is urging enactment of a bill that would mandate audits of every preschool special education provider in the state.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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