Gallup’s Margin of Error: $10 Million, According to Whistle-blower’s Suit

A lawsuit filed by a former Gallup Inc. employee and joined by the Justice Department says the venerable polling organization, billing itself as “the most trusted name in polling,” has been dishonest with the U.S. government.

The suit in U.S. District Court says Gallup overcharged the government for polling and promised a job to an official supervising a contract, Bloomberg’s Tom Schoenberg reports.

Gallup allegedly collected more than $10 million in overpayments by inflating the length of time it would take to complete contracts with the State Department, Mint and other agencies, according to the suit.

In addition, the company allegedly offered a job to an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in charge of its contract there, while also seeking additional money, according to the Justice Department.

The whistle-blower behind the suit is Michael Lindley, who was director of client services at Gallup from February 2008 until July 2009. He says he was fired by the company after complaining to a supervisor that Gallup was violating the False Claims Act, according to Lindley’s complaint.

A company spokeswoman, Alyssa Brown, said no one was available to immediately comment on the suit.



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