IBM, Cúram Software to pay $14.8 million to settle alleged violations of False Claims Act

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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Cúram Software agreed to pay a total of $14.8 million to settle allegations by the U.S. government and the state of Maryland.

The companies allegedly violated the False Claims Act in connection with the g material misrepresentations made to the State of Maryland during the State’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) contract procurement process.

On December 19, 2011, IBM acquired Cúram. It was the same day when Noridiam Administrative Services submitted a proposal that included Cúram as a subcontractor to provide software and services to the state of Maryland’s HIX.

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IBM was aware that Cúram was part of the contract procurement process and participated in a presentation to the state.  During a presentation, Cúram demonstrated its software conducting eligibility determinations for health assistance coverage, calculating applicable tax credits, addressing changes in life events, etc.

Cúram allegedly took part in misleading Maryland to win a contract

In a clarification letter (drafted in part by Cúram), Noridiam made further statements supporting their ability to satisfy the state’s RFP. In February 2012, the state awarded the contract to Noridiam. The following year, the state terminated the contract and replaced the HIX website and platform after experiencing repeated problems.