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January 19, 2017

Posted  January 23, 2017

Nevada-based gaming and resort company Las Vegas Sands Corp. agreed to pay a $6.96 million criminal penalty to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with business transactions in China and Macao. According to admissions by Sands, certain Sands executives failed to implement internal accounting controls to ensure the legitimacy of payments to a business consultant who assisted Sands in promoting its brand in China and Macao and to prevent the false recording of those payments in its books and records. Sands continued to make payments to the consultant despite warnings from its finance staff and an outside auditor that the business consultant had failed to account for portions of these funds. In addition, Sands terminated the finance department employee who raised concerns about the payments. Sands also agreed to pay a civil penalty of roughly $9 million to settle related SEC charges for a total payout of roughly $16 million. DOJ

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