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Tagging firms to be investigated for over-charging

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The Government has announced that it is to investigate two of the private security companies it uses to electronically tag and monitor offenders, for over-charging.

According to the BBC News website, the Ministry of Justice is also to be investigated internally in relation to evidence indicating that officials within the ministry knew in 2008 that there were problems with how the contracts were being managed and with how both companies were billing for tagging.

It is alleged, amongst other things, that the firms charged the government for tagging people who were not actually being monitored.

The firms have said they will repay any amount which is found to be due.

If an individual has been tagged by a private security company when they should not have been, then they may be able to claim damages depending on the specific circumstances of their case.

By solicitor, Stuart Crook

Stephensons Solicitors LLP have a dedicated civil liberties unit who may be able to advise and assist people with making a damages claim against public bodies, and companies acting on behalf of public bodies, if they feel that they have suffered loss as a result of those bodies acting unlawfully. Call us now on 01616 966 229.