Hewlett-Packard has settled for $55 million dollars with the U.S. Department of Justice. HP was accused of paying kickbacks to companies in exchange for persuading U.S. Government agencies to purchase HP products. In addition, the settlement covers allegations dating back to 2002, when a contract was executed between California-based HP and the General Services Administration.
The contract allegedly had errors in pricing caused by HP's failure to provide complete and accurate information to the government. The settlement is part of a several year investigation by the DOJ which began after whistleblowers Norman Rille and Neal Roberts came forward in 2004, The Associated Foreign Press reports.