Two former Ogilvy & Mather marketing executives were found guilty of conspiracy and false claims, for inflating labor costs on a government account with the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. The decision is "certain to prompt more questions among marketers about just how their ad agencies come up with prices and fees," wrote the Wall Street Journal. In a statement, the agency said, "The events described during the trial are completely inconsistent with Ogilvy's core values." Ogilvy had "voluntarily reported discrepancies on the account in 2000, and paid $1.8 million to settle civil charges related to the matter."
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