An Obamacare contractor has been found to be running a "fight club" in a New Zealand prison. The contractor is Serco and the scandal in New Zealand appears to be rapidly unfolding.
As News 3 reports, "A full lockdown search of Mt Eden prison has been carried out after footage of inmates smoking, drinking and fighting was published online.
"The private company which runs the prison, Serco, says it has tough new security measures in place and is cooperating with an external review of operations at Mt Eden Correction Facility (MECF)."
And a new report out today finds, "Fresh allegations have arisen about more serious allegations involving the Serco-run Mt Eden Corrections Facility. In a statement released this evening, Corrections chief executive Ray Smith says he has been dealing with more claims about assaults among prisoners and mistreatment of them within the facility. ... Prisoners are fighting, partying, manufacturing their own tobacco and alcohol, and even took control of a unit last year."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported previously on the Obamacare contract Serco has -- and how that, too, has been plagued by accusations of mismanagement.
The federal government has renewed for another year the contract of Serco Inc., whose Affordable Care Act application processing facility in Wentzville was hit by whistleblower allegations that workers there had little to do.
The new taxpayer-paid contract, which began July 1, will be worth about $98 million. The first-year contract was worth about $114 million, according to figures supplied Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees the contract. ...
The federal government, under the auspices of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gave a five-year, $1.2 billion contract last year to Serco Inc., a British based company with American headquarters in northern Virginia. The contract has one-year renewal options.
Serco and CMS had anticipated as many as 6 million paper applications to come in under the new health care law, commonly called Obamacare, but only about 300,000 came in, CMS acknowledged last month.
Whistleblowers said employees sometimes slept or played board games for lack of work, and members of Missouri’s congressional delegation demanded inquiries. CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner responded in letters to the delegation last month, but did not address the whistleblower allegations.