Sunday, November 11, 2007

SEC closes OfficeMax investigation

The day after I posted the item below, concerning possible vendor allowance problems at Office Depot, the two-year-old SEC investigation of OfficeMax finally ended, with no action against the company, which had cooperated with the Commission and fired six people who were involved in the alleged falsification of documentation.

The Naperville, Ill.-based company had launched an internal review in December 2004 after receiving claims from a vendor alleging that OfficeMax employees requested inappropriate promotional payments and falsified supporting documentation.

The internal investigation was conducted under the direction of the company's audit committee and was completed in March 2005. Six employees were fired in connection with the probe.

In June 2005, the SEC started its investigation, with which the company cooperated. OfficeMax said Thursday in an SEC filing that it was notified last month that the agency had completed the investigation.

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