Copier ink costs government contractor Accenture $1.7M settlement

WASHINGTON — Arlington, Virginia-based government contractor Accenture Federal Services agreed to pay more than $1.7 million to settle overcharges billed to the General Services Administration as part of a multiple award schedule contract, according to the Department of Justice.

Accenture self-reported to overbilling as part of a government investigation.

The resolution followed a disclosure by the company to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, after an internal investigation by Accenture. It said the overcharges were caused by unauthorized purchases of copy toner made surreptitiously by a subcontractor on the contract.

Neither the subcontractor nor the Army contract involved was disclosed.

Accenture also provided assistance during the government’s investigation, the Justice Department said.

The settlement was the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

The civil claims settled are allegations only and there has been no determination of civil liability, the Justice Department said.

Accenture Federal Services is a subsidiary of global consulting company Accenture LLP.

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