Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Rigging Bids on Department of Defense Fuel Supply Contracts – Civil Settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil complaint against three South Korea-based companies, including SK Energy Co. Ltd., alleging the companies participated in a decade-long bid-rigging conspiracy involving contracts to supply fuel to U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bases in South Korea. According to the complaint, the three companies “defrauded the U.S. military by fixing prices and rigging bids for the contracts” and “met and communicated in secret with other large South Korean oil refiners and logistics companies, and pre-determined which conspirator would win each contract.” The government alleged the companies “and their co-conspirators illegally overcharged American taxpayers by well over $100 million.” SK Energy paid $90.4 million to settle civil antitrust (Sherman Act) and False Claims Act charges. SK Energy also paid a fine to settle a related criminal case (see SK Holdings Co., Ltd. instance, “Rigging Bids on Department of Defense Fuel Supply Contracts – Criminal Prosecution).

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Defense - General
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
SK Holdings Co., Ltd. $90,384,872
Further Information Released
Competitive Impact Statement 11/14/2018
Complaint (Sherman Act) 11/14/2018
DOJ Press Release 11/14/2018
Proposed Final Judgment 11/14/2018
Settlement Agreement (False Claims Act) 11/14/2018

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database