Fake Products and Companies Certified by Energy Star - Popular Mechanics
"The Government Accountability Office Punk'd Energy Star recently by submitting fake products and companies for certification.
1. Tropical Thunder Appliances
To perform this investigation, the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) March 26, 2010, report states that it "used four bogus manufacturing firms and fictitious individuals to apply for Energy Star partnership." All four qualified. In fact, two of the fake firms received requests for real companies to buy their Energy Star–certified products—none of which exist. ."