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Accenture to Pay $63.7 Million to Settle Lawsuit, U.S. Says

September 12, 2011

(Updates with Justice Department’s comment in third paragraph.)

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Accenture LLP agreed to pay the U.S. about $63.7 million to resolve charges tied to false claims for payment under numerous information-technology services contracts with U.S. agencies, the Justice Department said.

The accord ends a whistle-blower lawsuit against the technology consulting firm filed under seal in federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2004. The U.S. joined the case in 2007.

“Accenture has agreed to resolve allegations that it received kickbacks for its recommendations of hardware and software to the government, fraudulently inflated prices and rigged bids in connection with federal information technology contracts,” the Justice Department said today in a statement.

Accenture LLP is a U.S.-based unit of Dublin-based Accenture PLC, which employs more than 223,000 people in 120 countries, according to its website. It had revenue of $35.4 billion for the year ended Aug. 31, 2010, according to Bloomberg data.

Accenture, in a statement, denied any wrong-doing.

“Accenture’s alliance agreements with IT vendors were disclosed in proposals made to our U.S. government clients,” the company said. “Accenture remains confident that our agreements and dealings with our alliance partners and vendors were appropriate and lawful.”

The case is U.S. ex rel Rille v. Accenture LLP, 04-cv-985, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas (Little Rock).

--Editors: Mary Romano, Michael Hytha

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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