HP To Pay $16.3M To Exit E-Rate Fraud Probe

Law360, New York (November 10, 2010, 6:53 PM EST) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. will pay the government $16.25 million to settle claims that it took part in a scheme to bribe Texas public school officials to win service contracts under a federal initiative to bring Internet access to needy schools, regulators announced Wednesday.

HP agreed to the deal to end its role in a pair of 2005 whistleblower suits over competitive bidding violations in the Dallas and Houston Independent School Districts with respect to the federal E-rate program, the Department of Justice and Federal Communication Commission announced....
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