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LASD Aero Bureau officials may have overpaid a Carlsbad contractor, Hangar One, $11 million in unjustified expenses and unnecessary equipment while outfitting the department's fleet of helicopters, an internal memo finds, reports the L.A. Times.
Sheriff's officials allegedly paid the firm eight times the industry standard in labor costs, bought equipment they already had, and made six-figure purchases without the required Board of Supervisors approval.
As well, time sheets may have been compromised, and a manipulation of the bidding process is suspected -- contractor requirements were allegedly narrowed to game results in favor of Hangar One.
A lawsuit recently filed against the county by a retired lieutenant claimed that members of the LASD Aero Bureau intentionally missed calls for support, that county aircraft was being improperly used by officials, and that contractor deals were being rigged.