Audit: State of Michigan, company had trouble confirming prison meals

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Auditors say the Michigan Corrections Department paid $3.4 million to a food contractor despite a dispute over the number of meals served to prisoners.

The state couldn’t determine why its meal counts were different than the numbers kept by Aramark Correctional Services. The audit, released Friday, found that the state paid millions, even though some meal counts were higher than a prison’s population.

Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler says any suggestion of overcharging is “completely false.”

Aramark was replaced in September after a billing dispute and a series of unflattering incidents involving prisoners and employees of the private company.

Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says the state still saved nearly $21 million under Aramark. Trinity Services Group now handles prison food.

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