Tennessee to rebid $123M contract amid rigging accusations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction says it will rebid a $123 million contract for behavioral health services after a lawsuit accused a state official of rigging the bidding process.
In a complaint filed in federal court, Tennessee-based prison contractor Corizon claims the Correction Department’s former chief financial officer sent internal emails related to the contract to a vice president at Centurion of Tennessee.
The lawsuit claims the TDOC official then helped rig the bid in favor of Centurion. The suit claims the official also got a “cushy” job with a Centurion affiliate in Georgia.
An attorney for Centurion did not immediately respond to a telephone message from The Associated Press.