Jan 07, 2009, 04:27AM

Overbilling the Army

That whole "Army of One" ad campaign? Looks like someone bilked the Army.

Given the staggering black hole that is US military spending, this seems a little ironic:

Leo Burnett will pay $15.5 million to settle allegations that it overbilled the U.S. Army for work on its "Army of One" campaign, the Justice Department announced today.

The suit was a result of whistle-blowing by two former Burnett employees. Among the allegations in the lawsuit, filed in 2004: Burnett was treating the work of its own internet unit as if it was performed by a third-party contractor, as well as inflating the costs of subcontractors it worked with, in order to increase its profits.


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