CCSS gives $550,000 in contracts to company accused of defrauding it

July 23rd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s public health and social security system, known as CCSS, has renewed two contracts worth $550,000 USD to a company that is currently being investigated for defrauding the same institution.

 

The then-managing director of the Calderón Guardia Hospital (who has himself since been suspended in an unrelated matter), first alerted authorities of a batch of 1,000 to 2,000 suspicious invoices totaling more than $2 million that were submitted to the hospital for payment by Synthes, the company involved, in 2011.

 

Last month, the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) executed search warrants on both the hospital and Synthes’ offices, collecting records and evidence from both.

 

Reports indicate that hospital authorities may also be under investigation to determine if they were complicit, responsible for, or in any way involved in the alleged fraud.

 

According to CCSS logistics manager, Dinorah Garro, CCSS cannot assume that the company is guilty of wrongdoing as the investigation is ongoing.

 

“All contracts are renewable for three year periods,” Garro said.

 

Garro said that the company’s contracts would be renewed as no breach of contract has occurred.

 

Synthes produces a number of devices and instruments for treating spinal injuries and trauma, as well as orthopedic and surgical tools.

 

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  • Michael Clarkson

    Typical.

  • roberto

    Business as usual.

  • Michael Connolly

    Just like the ripoffs of Medicare in the U.S.!!

  • Ben

    Its time to start protesting says many Costa Rican

  • disgusted

    Great example of: ‘ You just can’t fix stupid!”.

    There must be a connection to a family who is in power here. Something here stinks, Right pres. Solis?

  • mhogan

    This must be a cultural trait I’ve noticed even outside government business as usual. We’ve had an odd occasion where severe and contentious points of view occurred with Latino employees to the point that “bad feelings” prevailed and we disassociated. Months later, that individual would be knocking at our door, all friendly and like nothing ever happened, asking if we had a job available for him. Same for business contacts where contractors really f’d up a job and were told so — they’d come back sometime later and expect you to use their services again! It’s like … they just don’t get it that competition may be better than them and that customers (patrones) do have a choice. Does the saying “once bitten, twice shy” not apply to their mentality?

    • duke ster

      mhogan–THEY ARE REALLY REALLY DUMB!–Tha’ts it in a nutshell. they are stupid and dumb–No need to look further to find out why they do stupid things. It has been said, They are inbred.