Thursday, February 03, 2005

When $1 billion isn't enough

ADWEEK is posting daily reports from the Ogilvy & Mather trial where two agency execs are accused of bilking the government out of millions of dollars. No one is disputing the agency intentionally overbilled the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The only question is who was the mastermind?

Things don't look good for the accused. Seemingly everyone else in the agency has been given plea deals to testify against them. Which means the defendents must have steadfastly lied to investigators, refused to plead guilty to a lesser plea and/or decided to take their chances on a trial. Because, you know, that worked out so well for Martha.

Oh yeah -- the account was worth $1 billion. Of your tax dollars. And that still wasn't enough for the folks at O&M.

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