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IG: City worker approved thousands in unauthorized tow payments

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 14:53:03-04

BALTIMORE — A new Baltimore City Inspector General's report found a Department of General Services worker overspent $129,520 by approving unauthorized towing payments.

The allegations stem from services provided between 2014 and 2019.

A company was contracted out for $1 million over two years to handle city related towing. It was later renewed for two more years.

The Inspector General concluded that the city and company agreed to a flat rate for all towing functions.

But when the city received the invoices, the price was much higher than agreed upon.

Turns out, a high level Department of General Services employee was aware and approved the payments anyway.

According to the Inspector General's report, he admitted to it.

Meanwhile, the president of the towing company told investigators that he'd made several verbal agreements with city employees outside the contract, though it was prohibited.

In response to the Inspector General, the department seemed to indicate that the employee responsible had been terminated.

Read the entire report below.

OIG Towing Report by Wmar Web on Scribd