Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Cisco Systems and Westcon Group North America
Current Parent Company: 
Cisco Systems
Penalty: 
$48,000,000
Year: 
2010
Date: 
September 7, 2010
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Cisco Systems and Westcon Group North America (formerly d.b.a. Comstor) agreed to pay the United States $48 million to settle claims that they made misrepresentations to the General Services Administration and other federal agencies in violation of the False Claims Act. The civil settlement resolved assertions that Cisco and Westcon knowingly provided incomplete information to GSA contracting officers during negotiations in regard to Westcon's contract with the GSA, which resulted in defective pricing of Cisco products and submission of false claims.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department Civil Division
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
electrical and electronic equipment
Specific Industry of Parent: 
electronic equipment
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Parent company note: 
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