Two subsidiaries of Massachusetts software company PTC Inc. agreed to pay a $14.54 million penalty to resolve charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by improperly providing recreational travel to Chinese government officials. According to company admissions, Parametric Technology (Shanghai) Software Company Ltd. and Parametric Technology (Hong Kong) Ltd., through local business partners, arranged and paid for employees of various Chinese state-owned enterprises to travel to the U.S., ostensibly for training at PTC Inc.’s headquarters, but primarily for recreational travel to other parts of the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Hawaii. PTC paid more than $1 million through its business partners to fund these trips, while during the same time period, it entered into more than $13 million in contracts with the Chinese state-owned entities. PTC settled related charges with the SEC by agreeing to pay $11,858,000 in disgorgement plus $1.764 million in prejudgment interest, bringing the company’s total government payout to $28 million. DOJ
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