Samsung to pay hefty fine for misleading the US Government
After all the drama between Apple and Samsung, you could think that Sammy needs to hire a new batch of lawyers to fix its problems. Well, it turns out that the company is once again facing legal issues, but this time it has nothing to do with patents. The company just sold a ton of Samsung devices to the US Government, but ended up breaking a law in order to do so.
Samsung has to pay a fine of $2.3 million to the US Government for misleading it into believing that the phones it acquired from Samsung met the necessary US government policies. As it stands, the US Government is legally forced to only purchase products for its use if these are built in the US, or in countries where the US has trade agreements. Samsung currently builds smartphones in South Korea and Mexico, two countries that do have trade agreements with the US. The problem is that the phones that were sold were made in China, and that’s were things get tricky, as the US doesn’t have trade agreements here. This fine is currently for Samsung’s US branch, but hey, it’s like pushing money from one pocket to the other.
This all came to surface after a former Samsung employee, Robert Simmons, shared the information with the US Government. Yes, he will get a chunk of money from the fine for alerting the government.