Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct. An investigation found that the company used third-party sales promoters to make improper payments to government officials in India to increase the sales and production of Anheuser-Busch products in the country. The SEC’s order further found that Anheuser-Busch improperly chilled whistleblower activity by entering into a separation agreement that stopped an employee from continuing to voluntarily communicate with the SEC about potential FCPA violations by imposing substantial financial penalties for violating strict non-disclosure terms. SEC
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