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…

Fraud, False Advertising, Deceptive Business Practices

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a state lawsuit accusing Dell and Dell Financial Services LP of engaging in fraud, false advertising and deceptive business practices. The lawsuit accuses Dell of luring customers with “bait and switch” advertising with regard to zero percent financing on computer purchases and failing to provide customers with adequate customer service. In May 2008, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Teresi ruled that Dell and Dell Financial Services LP engaged in fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices, and abusive debt collection practices. In September 2009, Dell and Dell Financial Services agreed to pay $4 million in restitution, penalties and costs. Dell also agreed to make sweeping changes to its advertising, sales and financing practices.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Filing
Contractors Involved Penalty
Dell, Inc. $4,000,000
Further Information Released
Sept. 2009 NY AG Press Release 10/24/2009
Decision and Order 6/11/2008
May 2008 NY AG Press Release 6/11/2008
Complaint 2/23/2008
Press Release 5/18/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database