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Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:59

HP settles US bribery charges

Written by Nick Farell
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Writes a cheque for $16.24 million
The maker of very expensive printer ink, HP has agreed to write a cheque for $16.25 million to make a bribery charge being bought by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission go away.

Acting on tips from whistleblowers within the Dallas and Houston school districts, investigators found that HP "lavished" gifts on two Texas school districts in order to win government contracts. The bribes involved wining and dining, trips on a yacht and tickets to the 2004 Super Bowl.

All this was provided by the contractors to get inside information and win contracts that were supposed to be awarded through a competitive bidding process. The move compromised the FCC's Schools and Libraries or "E-Rate" fund is the program that was allegedly compromised so it was understandibly a bit miffed.

E-Rate provides money to libraries and schools for computer and networking gear. HP was supposed to bid for school district cash under an open process. The government claimed that HP was "conspiring to rig the competitive bidding of E-Rate contracts." 

Even though it has written a huge cheque, HP is not admitting it has done anything. Of course it would never done anything like that every again, if it ever did it in the first place, which it didn't.
HP has also agreed to a compliance program which involves training its employees in how to comply with E-Rate contracting rules .

Nick Farell

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+5 #1 chaoseater 2010-11-11 17:32
"Of course it would never done anything like that every again, if it ever did it in the first place, which it didn't."
Sorry, what ?!?
 
 
+7 #2 nECrO 2010-11-11 18:05
$16.24 million??? That doesn't even count as a slap on the wrist. What a joke. 1 days ink sales if that.... :-x
 
 
+2 #3 hoohoo 2010-11-11 19:47
@chaoseater

Farrell is being sarcastic. Sarcasm is kind of his stock in trade, you should read it with that in mind.
 
 
+6 #4 thomasg 2010-11-11 21:18
Quoting hoohoo:
@chaoseater

Farrell is being sarcastic. Sarcasm is kind of his stock in trade, you should read it with that in mind.


Yes, but he's not commenting on the sarcasm, he's commenting on the poor grammar and spelling.
 

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