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Companies are set to pay $8 billion to settle charges of ripping off the government. No CEOs have been charged


Salon Staff
August 8, 2012 2:03AM (UTC)

This year, military contractors, banks, pharmaceutical companies and other corporations might end up spending more than $8 billion in settlements with the government, the New York Times reports. Though the lawsuits include accusations of overbilling, drug marketing, selling "dangerous and defective" equipment to the military, and price and security fraud, thus far no individual within the corporations involved has been held accountable.

The Justice Department does not rule out charging executives. However, a government enforcer official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Times that in many cases it's too expensive and difficult to gather the evidence needed to prosecute high-positioned individuals.

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