Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed suit under that state’s False Claims Act against a limousine company that allegedly evaded paying higher commercial tolls by using personal or carpool transponders at Fast Lane toll machines on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The A.G.’s lawsuit against Wakefield-based Northeastern Limousine was one of three similar suits filed against limousine companies in Suffolk Superior Court. The other two suits were brought against Everett-based Broadway Limousine and Waltham-based Newton Limousine, Inc. All three suits seek triple damages and separate fines for each time the limousine operators used a personal transponder for commercial purposes.

Last year, the Massachusetts A.G. also relied on the Massachusetts False Claims Act to settle three cases involving triple damages where Turnpike drivers failed to maintain a sufficient balance in their accounts to cover the cost of their Fast Lane tolls.

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