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Pricing Fraud

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DOJ Catch Of The Week -- VMware & Carahsoft Technology

Posted  07/2/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to VMware Inc. and Carahsoft Technology Corporation.  On Tuesday, the two companies agreed to pay $75.5 million to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services.  Palo Alto-based...

January 14, 2015

Office Depot agreed to pay $68.5M to settle charges in violated the California False Claims Act by allegedly overcharging more than 1,000 cities, counties, school districts and other government entities in California for office supplies. According to the government, Office Depot was required to but did not provide these government entities the lowest prices it was offering other government purchasers. The allegations originated with a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Office Depot employee David Sherwin. Corporate Crime Reporter

Office Depot — Government Contracting Fraud/Best Pricing ($68.5 million).

One of our whistleblower attorneys led the representation of David Sherwin, a former business manager at Office Depot. Mr. Sherwin brought a qui tam action under the False Claims Act against Office Depot alleging the company overcharged over one thousand California public agencies, including schools, for office supplies. According to the complaint, Office Depot promised its public agency customers Office Depot’s “best” pricing when in fact it charged them millions of dollars more than they would have paid under other, more favorable Office Depot contracts. In addition to representing Mr. Sherwin, one of our attorneys also represented numerous public agencies that joined the case. Office Depot ultimately settled the case for $68.5 million, and Mr. Sherwin’s estate received a whistleblower award of $23 million. See LA Daily News for more.

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