Global resources company BHP Billiton agreed to pay a $25 million penalty to settle charges it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when it sponsored the attendance of foreign government officials at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Specifically, BHP Billiton invited 176 government officials and employees of state-owned enterprises to attend the Games at the company’s expense, and ultimately paid for 60 such guests as well as some spouses and others who attended along with them. Sponsored guests enjoyed three- and four-day hospitality packages that included event tickets, luxury hotel accommodations, and sightseeing excursions valued at $12,000 to $16,000 per package. SEC
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