January 08, 2009
Leo Burnett, a Chicago advertising firm, has agreed to pay the United States $15.5 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower suit.
The settlement resolves allegations that Leo Burnett improperly billed the Army while developing a recruiting website and for advertising under the “Army of One” multimedia advertising campaign. Leo Burnett will make a cash payment of $12.1 million and credit the Army $3.4 million in work performed, but not billed.
The whistleblowers will receive $2.79 million as their share of the settlement.