Sep 19, 2019

I-T CONTRACT INVESTIGATION


INVESTIGATORS SAY OVER $12 MILLION IN STATE CONTRACTS WAS IMPROPERLY LAUNDERED THROUGH A SHELL COMPANY TO BENEFIT A GROUP OF COMPANIES. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE FOUND NEARLY $12.3 MILLION OF $15.8 MILLION THAT COLUMBUS-BASED TSG PARTNERS LIMITED RECEIVED IN STATE CONTRACTS FOR INFORMATION-TECHNOLOGY WORK IN RECENT YEARS WENT TO ADVOCATE CONSULTING GROUP AND ADVOCATE SOLUTIONS. THE INVESTIGATION ALSO FOUND THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES WRONGLY GRANTED TSG PARTNERS MINORITY-BUSINESS ENTERPRISE DESIGNATION. THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT STATE OFFICIALS CONSIDER BANNING TSG AND THE RELATED ADVOCATE COMPANIES FROM RECEIVING STATE CONTRACTS. AN ADVOCATE SOLUTIONS STATEMENT SAID EVENTS MENTIONED IN THE REPORT HAPPENED BEFORE ITS CURRENT LEADERSHIP ASSUMED THEIR ROLES.

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