Audit: Office Depot Overcharged NC By $300,000

The State Auditor's Office says an office supply company overcharged North Carolina nearly $300,000 during a six-month period.

State Auditor Les Merritt said Wednesday that Office Depot overcharged the state between July and December 2007 by inflating the price of store-brand products included in its bid to the state, and changing the brand of items purchased.

Merritt said the Division of Purchase and Contract should have better monitored its Office Depot purchases. He said reports have shown the Florida-based company has overcharged four other states.

The state division disagreed with some of the auditor's findings but said it will work to implement the auditor's recommendations to prevent overcharging in the future.

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  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Sep 11, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    Whoever in Office Deport changed the brand name products to effect a higher price should be brought up on criminal charges.
  • by Sarah Location: Kinston on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    They need to buy from CORPORATE RESOURCES in Kinston. They are fair and service friendly. It is a 3rd generation business that prides itself on honesty. Office Depot has been doing this to other states for years.. and now NC catches on??? We need to keep state Money and taxes in our state. Is Office Depot's headquarters in NC?? NO!! Delray Beach, FL !! We need to make lawmakers accountable for OUR $$$
  • by taxpayer Location: NC on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:23 AM
    I wonder how who in the "state division" disagrees? perhaps the one getting paid off?..."will work to implement recommendations"...why not just stop buying from them?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 11, 2008 at 03:15 AM
    Are they going to repay the 300K or just 'try to do better' in the future?

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