City says Haddonfield firm subitted fraudulent invoices

    Federal authorities say the owner of a Haddonfield-based information technology firm defrauded the City of Philadelphia of more than $1 million between July 2004 and June 2008.

    Barry Jones of Mara Management Services Inc. and Management Technology Services Inc. allegedly billed the city for work not performed.

    “The Information alleges that Jones repeatedly submitted documents to the Revenue Department claiming that a subcontractor had worked 160 hours per month when Jones knew the subcontractor had only worked 20 hours per month,” reads a statement from the Office of Inspector General.

     

    “Jones claimed that another subcontractor had worked 160 hours per month when he knew that the subcontractor had worked between 75 and 115 hours per month.”

     

    Authorities say Jones fraudulently billed the city for 17,000 subcontractor hours in addition to hundreds of hours he claimed to have worked himself. He was paid $5.9 million for his work with the Revenue Department, Water Department and Community Behavioral Health nonprofit, and allegedly pocketed $2.7 million.

    The federal government wants $1.2 million in restitution, and city departments have been encouraged to review their records.

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