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. v. Zwerko (Insider Trading)

Former Merck employee Zachary Zwerko was charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud by passing insider information about potential acquisitions and mergers in the pharmaceutical industry. The government alleged that Zwerko, who worked as a senior finance analyst in Merck’s financial evaluation and analysis group, passed non-public information regarding Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Ardea Biosciences, and ViroPharma to a trader at an unnamed bank from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, Zwerko pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and three counts of securities fraud. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison and was ordered to pay a fine of $50,000, a special assessment of $400, and forfeiture in the amount of $644,314.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Arrest
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $694,714
Further Information Released
FBI Press Release 10/13/2015
FBI Press Release 10/14/2014

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database