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UMUC Overpaid Contractor, According To State Audit

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Maryland auditors have released a report citing more than $3 million in potential overpayments to contractors made by the University of Maryland University College, whose president resigned last year for undisclosed reasons.

The audit noted that the University System of Maryland began a review of UMUC operations in January of last year. It examined spending between July 2007 and March 2009 on an Internet advertising contract.

The vendor placed ads on websites to generate student leads for the university to follow up on to attract students. But the audit says UMUC did not verify the leads billed on vendor invoices.

A spokesman for UMUC that was "inexcusable and shouldn't have happened.'' Spokesman Bob Ludwig says the university no longer uses that marketing technique.

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