The Florida Attorney General settled claims under the state’s false claims act against Office Depot for allegedly overcharging government offices for supplies. The case was settled for $4.5 million. As part of the settlement, the state of Florida will also be reimbursed an additional $1.3 million for its investigative and legal expenses.
The claims centered on allegations that Office Depot unilaterally and without notice switched pricing plans, resulting in higher prices to the government, as well as to unrelated non-profit organizations. David Sherwin, a former Office Depot account manager reported the overpricing scheme in May 2008.
More information can be found at: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/370FC8DA33D527C9852577380060920D