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U.S. DoJ Reports 2006 Enforcement Actions; Include E-rate

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) continues to investigate waste, fraud and abuse within the E-rate program and is working closely with the FCC and USAC.

The DoJ stated that they are continuing

"…its nationwide investigation of bid rigging and fraud in the E-Rate program……In 2006, more than $4 million in criminal fines and restitution were imposed as a result of this investigation.  In total, the Division has charged 14 individuals and 12 companies in connection with schemes to defraud the E-Rate program and schools across the country.  Defendants have been sentenced to 4,380 days in prison and have agreed to pay criminal fines and restitution totaling more than $40 million."

Several companies and individuals have been either suspended or debarred from participating in the E-rate program due to these investigations.  The full list of suspensions and debarments can be found at the SLD website at

The Department of Justice Press Release may be viewed in its entirety at

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