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Wisconsin Claims Board Rejects Software Company’s $14.3M Claim

Vitech Alleges Money Outstanding For ETF Project

Wisconsin State Capitol from the street.
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The Wisconsin Claims Board has rejected a software company’s demand for $14.3 million for extra work building a new system to track state employee retirement benefits.

The board announced the decision Tuesday, clearing the way for Vitech Systems Group to sue the state.

According to Vitech’s claim, the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds entered into a $27.1 million contract with Vitech in 2014 to build the system. The agency kept changing the design, forcing Vitech to incur more costs. The company finally stopped work in March.

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ETF officials say they paid Vitech $14.3 million between 2014 and 2018 for a system that’s only 7 percent functional. The state sued Vitech in March for breach of contract. Vitech’s attorney told the board in May that the company wants to file a countersuit.