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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

U.S. ex rel. Wright v. Chevron (Underpayment of Natural Gas Royalties)

Chevron Corporation, Texaco, Unocal Incorporated and their affiliates agreed to pay the United States $45.6 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and Indian leases from March 1988 to November 2008. The government alleged that Chevron, Texaco and Unocal improperly deducted from royalty values the cost of boosting gas up to pipeline pressures, used affiliate transactions to falsely reduce the reported value of gas taken from federal and Indian leases, and improperly reported processed gas as unprocessed gas to reduce royalty payments. See related Exxon Mobil instance, (“U.S. ex rel. Wright v. Chevron (Underpayment of Natural Gas Royalties)”).

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Interior
Contracting Party
Interior
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Announcement
12/23/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
ChevronTexaco Corporation $45,569,585
Further Information Released
Complaint 1/29/2010
DOJ Press Release 1/29/2010

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database