Company lauded for ethics agrees to pay $1.5M for improper billing

A company that has been repeatedly honored for its ethics has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors in Philadelphia to pay $1.5 million for improperly billing Amtrak for project management work.

CH2M Hill worked on several Amtrak construction projects throughout the eastern United States, but billed the agency at improper rates from January 2011 through December 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.

The company, which is based in Colorado but has offices nationwide, including one in Center City, has agreed to pay the federal government $1.5 million to settle civil claims against it, officials said.

Amtrak, the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney's Office began investigating after an audit of CH2M's billing showed discrepancies.

CH2M has been named to a noted survey of the world's most ethical companies for the past eight years.