HP has agreed to pay $55m (£35m) to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle allegations of kickbacks, according to various reports.
The vendor had been accused of paying sweeteners to Accenture consultants on the condition they recommended HP products to federal agencies.
HP has protested its innocence, but the DoJ concluded that the consultants may have suggested that federal agencies spend more money on HP products than was strictly required.
In a statement earlier this month, HP denied acting in an illegal manner but said that it would accept a fine from the DoJ.
An HP spokesperson reiterated that statement to V3.co.uk today, saying that that the company had "agreed to a settlement with the DoJ, without any admission of wrongdoing, in order to resolve the allegations in full".
In a piece of remarkable timing, HP also announced that it has been selected as a preferred technology provider by the US Air Force (USAF) for a five-year enterprise computing Blanket Purchase Agreement.
The agreement is worth up to $800m (£519m), and HP products may be selected through the Quantum Enterprise Buy procurement system.
HP will provide the USAF with business desktops, notebook PCs, office/mobile workstations, thin clients, business-rugged PCs and performance displays.
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