BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. is considering admitting to allegations of DRAM price-fixing to help the U.S. Department of Justice's case against competing memory makers, according to a report from Dow Jones today (December 30, 2003).
"Bloomberg News reported late Monday that Micron is in talks to win amnesty from prosecution in exchange for providing information related to the Justice Department's investigation into whether Micron and three competitors manipulated prices on dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips," according to the report.
Micron declined to comment in the report.
Earlier this month, a sales manager at Micron agreed to plead guilty to obstructing an investigation into price-fixing of DRAMs. 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 a 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 a report. Micron has accepted Censullo's resignation (see December 17 story).