October 14, 2020
Brazilian investment company J&F Investimentos S.A.
and is meat producer subsidiary, JBS S.A.
, along with their principles Joesley Batista
and Wesley Batista
have entered into a settlement agreement with the SEC and DOJ, agreeing to pay nearly $283 million
in fines and disgorgement and plead guilty to resolve charges under the FCPA arising from a scheme to bribe government officials in Brazil in order to obtain financing and other benefits for the companies. Defendants paid approximately $180 million in bribes to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from Brazilian state-owned and state-controlled banks BNDES and Caixa, as well as to facilitate JBS’s acquisition of U.S. company Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. The bribes were allegedly paid from U.S. assets, including JBS operating accounts that also contained Pilgrim’s funds. The SEC further charged that the Batistas, who exerted significant control over Pilgrim’s, caused it have an inadequate system of internal controls and accurate books and records. The criminal fine of $256 million will be discounted up to 50% to credit defendants for a settlement with Brazilian authorities valued at $1.9 billion; the SEC agreement provides for a payment of $27 million in disgorgement and interest. Defendants also agreed to cooperate any ongoing or further investigations and implement an enhanced compliance program. DOJ
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