DOJ On Board with Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Symantec

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Symantec, a software giant based in California, is facing a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company overcharged the federal government and some states, The Washington Post reports. Recently, the Department of Justice has decided to join the suit.

The suit was filed by an employee, who still works at the company, in 2012. The suit alleges that Symantec was dishonest to the General Services Administration about the discounts it gave to commercial customers for its products. These actions allegedly caused the federal government and some states to be overcharged by tens of millions of dollars, since the government’s price of the products depended on the discounts the commercial firms received.

In 2007, Symantec entered into a contract with the General Services Administration where the software company agreed to sell products directly to federal purchases, Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Justice Department, the contract requires that Symantec extend any commercial discounts to government purchasers.

“When doing business with the government, honesty and transparency are essential,” said a federal prosecutor in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that contractors who do business with the federal government provide honest services, prices and products.”

Symantec denies any wrongdoing.