United Airlines settles fraud case over Postal Service contract for $49M

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United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) has agreed to pay more than $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims alleging it defrauded the U.S. Postal Service for transport of international mail, the Department of Justice said Friday.

The world’s third-largest airline falsified bar code scans of mail bins delivered to foreign postal services or military bases between 2012 and 2015 to make it appear it was performing to contract specifications and ensure full payment, which was conditioned on...

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