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…

SEC 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, a former 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 2016, the court ordered Zwerko to pay disgorgement of $57,000 (offset by the criminal forfeiture judgment imposed against him in a parallel proceeding).

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $57,000
Further Information Released
SEC Press Release 3/1/2016
SEC Press Release 10/14/2014
SEC Complaint 10/10/2014

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database