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Real Estate Broker Pleads Guilty in Foreign Bribery Scheme Involving $800 Million Real Estate Deal

Posted  01/9/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A New Jersey real estate broker pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in connection with his efforts to bribe a foreign official for the purpose of securing a real estate deal. According to the Department of Justice, Joo Hyun, also known as Dennis Bahn, attempted in 2014 and 2015 to secure the sale of a building in Vietnam owned by Keangnam...

Recent Keppel Settlement Makes FCPA Top-10 List

Posted  01/2/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team As reported in FCPA Blog, the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement with Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. broke through the Top-10 list of FCPA settlements on record. The company was assessed criminal penalties amounting to $422 million for the bribes it made to officials at the Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras and to the then-governing political party...

Singapore Shipping Company Pays Major FCPA Fine for Foreign Bribery

Posted  12/26/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team On Friday, the Department of Justice announced a major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement with Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd., a Singapore-based company that operates shipyards and repairs and upgrades shipping vessels, and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary Keppel Offshore & Marine USA Inc. The companies agreed to pay a combined total penalty of more than $422 million...

Five Individuals Charged in Rolls-Royce Foreign Bribery Scheme

Posted  11/8/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Charges were unsealed yesterday against three former Rolls-Royce employees and two other individual for their alleged participation in a scheme to bribe foreign officials to benefit a U.S.-based Rolls-Royce subsidiary, including to win work on a new gas pipeline. According to the unsealed indictment, the three Rolls-Royce employees along with an employee at a consulting firm...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Telia

Posted  09/22/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Stockholm-based Telia Company AB and its Uzbek subsidiary Coscom LLC.  Yesterday, the international telecommunications company agreed to pay $965 million to resolve charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan.  According to the government, it is...

Sinopec Under Investigation over Bribery in Nigeria

Posted  08/31/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The DOJ and SEC are investigating Chinese national oil and gas company Sinopec over allegations the company paid over $100 million in bribes to Nigerian government officials to resolve a business dispute in the country. Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, is a state-owned oil and gas company, and the second largest oil company in the world by revenue....

DOJ Investigating Uber for Foreign Bribes

Posted  08/30/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A new story from the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Uber managers provided bribes to foreign officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The FCPA broadly prohibits American companies from seeking a competitive advantage through bribes to foreign officials. Under the leadership of co-founder...

Five Israeli State Electric Company Executives Sentenced in Siemens Bribery Scandal

Posted  06/15/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This past May, Siemens paid $43 million to settle bribery allegations involving its business with the Israeli government. Siemens was accused of bribing executives at the Israeli state-owned power company to win contracts to manufacture power turbines. The conduct allegedly went on between 1999 and 2005, during which time Israel purchased more than $650 million worth of gas...

Critics: Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts to Fight Corruption

Posted  02/23/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Many in the global fight against government corruption worry early signals sent by the Trump administration could undercut that effort. Trump’s signing of a law repealing disclosure requirements for oil and gas companies operating abroad, his numerous conflicts of interest, and his steadfast refusal to release his federal tax returns are seen as signs the US federal government...

Mining, Oil and Gas Whistleblowers More Essential Than Ever After SEC Rule Repeal

Posted  02/9/17
American companies are no strangers to the extractive industries in Africa. Exxon has operated on the continent for more than 100 years. Exxon is also well acquainted with rumors and scandal regarding corruption in the African oil industry, having been accused of paying bribes to the ruling family of Equatorial Guinea. Now, with the repeal of an SEC disclosure rule, whistleblowers are more necessary than ever to...