Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | 2:08 p.m. CST; updated 2:38 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 3, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is investigating Office Depot over allegations of overpricing government contracts for school supplies.

The announcement follows similar investigations in Florida and North Carolina. According to a report from North Carolina's state auditor, the Florida-based office supply company overcharged that state almost $300,000 for school supplies.

Office Depot has a national contract estimated to be worth $600 million to supply school districts in all 50 states. Koster's office said it is unsure how many districts in Missouri fall under the contract.

Office Depot did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday.


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