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April 13, 2014

Food vendor agrees to pay Oklahoma for overcharges

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Houston-based food distributor has agreed to pay the state of Oklahoma more than $36,000 after an investigation found the company overcharged state entities.

Sysco Foods signed a contract with the state in October 2009 to provide food for its various entities. The Oklahoman reports that earlier this year, the state Central Purchasing Division investigated allegations Sysco was selling the same product at different prices to state departments and facilities.

The differences in prices were first discovered through a data collection program created and operated by inmates at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington. The program initially was developed to monitor inmates during meal times.

After reviewing the results of the investigation, Central Purchasing staff worked with Sysco to identify price discrepancies in several other state agencies.

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