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Contracts Stopped Over Bid Rigging

Date Posted: 2000-09-22

Itoman City officials halted awarding all city construction contracts after they found evidence that companies that had been invoiced in the bidding process had engaged in rigging the bids. Officials say that they uncovered evidence that staff from a number of companies had had meetings where they discussed the projects and agreed on prices they would bid.

City officials reportedly learned about the meetings from an informant who had been present at the meetings and was not satisfied with the share his company would get of the projects.

The practice, known as ‘dango’ in Japanese and though illegal, is believed to be widely practiced with bidding on public construction projects. “The idea is to make sure that we take the whole budget in order to ensure that we have sufficient profit. Competitive bidding would work counter to that and cause financial problems to involved companies,” a company manager who wants to remain anonymous, said of the practice.

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