Consumers Energy Hit With $4B Qui Tam Fraud Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (November 5, 2013, 10:06 PM EST) -- A whistleblower suit unsealed Tuesday claims Michigan-based public utility Consumers Energy Co. defrauded its customers, the U.S. and Michigan of more than $4 billion by falsifying the amount of electricity sold and delivered to residential, commercial and industrial consumers.

In a class action complaint filed in Michigan federal court, former Consumers Energy employee Simeon Anderson alleged the company violated the federal False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act by creating phony customer accounts to inflate sales and demand in order to drive up...
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