WASHINGTON--A sales manager at Micron Technology Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to obstructing an investigation into price-fixing of DRAMs, according to a report from Reuters today (December 17, 2003).
Alfred Censullo, who was responsible for Micron's sales efforts in the upstate New York region, "was charged with obstructing justice by altering and concealing documents that contained competitor pricing information," according to the report, which cited the U.S. Justice Department.
The documents in question involved price fixing for DRAMs. The probe started in June 2002 and is ongoing.
Censullo, one of 50 regional sales managers at Micron, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the report. Micron has accepted Censullo's resignation, the report said.
"The Justice Department accused Censullo of altering his handwritten notes about telephone conversations among Micron sales managers about price recommendations for DRAM sales to major computer manufacturers," according to the report.
"Censullo also removed and initially concealed 14 pages from his notebooks that included competitor price information and 'obvious alterations that could be detected by the naked eye,' " the report said.