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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Massachusetts Overbilling

Verizon New England, Inc. paid more than $800,000 to settle charges that it overbilled Massachusetts cities and towns for phone service. Hundreds of local government entities in Massachusetts that contracted with Verizon for telephone service were overcharged a total of $1.5 million, which Verizon refunded. According to Verizon, the overbilling occurred in 2006 after inaccurate information was programmed into newly installed billing software. The Massachusetts attorney general claimed the overbilling continued even after Verizon became aware of the problem.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
State/Local
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
12/16/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Verizon Communications, Inc. $814,000
Further Information Released
MA Attorney General Press Release 2/28/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database