City wants $600M from tech giant in scandal

(AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isdemanding that a technology company in charge of a scandal-plaguedpayroll project reimburse the city more than $600

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isdemanding that a technology company in charge of a scandal-plaguedpayroll project reimburse the city more than $600 million.

The company, SAIC Inc., handles a large number of contracts forthe federal government. Prosecutors have said the CityTime projectwas "corrupted to its core" and nearly the entire sum spent onthe project was tainted by fraud involving kickbacks and systemicoverbilling.

SAIC says it "understands and shares" the city's outrage.

The company said Wednesday it's ready to discuss an appropriateresolution "considering the breadth of the fraud alleged and thefact that SAIC delivered a system that the city said this week isworking well."

Prosecutors claim SAIC was warned about problems in 2005 butdidn't stop the alleged fraud.

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