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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…

Erika Sinking and Oil Spill

Total S.A. was convicted of negligence in 2008 for overlooking maintenance problems on the Erika, an oil tanker it had chartered that sank off the coast of Brittany in December 1999 and spilled 30,000 barrels of oil into the ocean along France’s coastline. Total was fined 375,000 euros (approx. $500,000) and ordered to pay nearly 200 million euros (approx. $260,000,000) in damages to the French state and the local fishing industry.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
International
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Criminal
Disposition
Found Guilty
Date of Conviction
1/16/2008
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Total S.A. $260,500,000
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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database