Leo Burnett Co. has agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit that involved overbilling the U.S. Army in its “Army of One” recruiting campaign. The Chicago-based advertising agency was accused of submitting false bills in a 2004 lawsuit filed by two former executives. The company will pay $12.1 million in cash under the settlement to the government and credit the Army for $3.4 million in unbilled services. This is just another example of how important whistleblower lawsuits are for U.S. taxpayers. It’s also an example of Corporate America cheating these same taxpayers who foot the bill for government programs and services.
Source: Associated Press
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