I'd call it "lying to investors". IIRC the "hey guys we totally sold enough to meet our goals, for reals!" line was intended for capcoms shareholders, not their customers. It's an ancient and venerable tradition for large corporations.
"And if PS3 users stick around after this whole debacle, then I can say we're kind of like a family. A racist, sexist, faceless family." PSN:Shockna-