The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the Gallup Organization, alleging that the polling company inflated prices for contracts with the U.S. Mint, the State Department and other federal agencies.
The lawsuit was brought by a former Gallup employee, Michael Lindley, who became a whistleblower. Lindley alleges that shortly after he went to work for Gallup, he discovered that the company was defrauding the government.
The lawsuit was filed close to three years ago and was unsealed in federal court Wednesday. It claims that Gallup routinely submitted inflated cost estimates for work that allowed the company to reap outsized profits from its government business.
Gallup, in addition to polling work, does consulting for governments and corporate clients.
Justice said last week it was supporting the lawsuit’s allegations about contracts with the Mint and State Department.
In a statement, Gallup called the claims “wholly without merit.”
“We intend to fight these baseless charges vigorously and look forward to resolving the matter in court,” the company said.