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DOJ Announces Anti-Bribery Indictments of Oil Services Company’s Former Executives

Oil and Gas Services

On January 6, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two former CEOs of an oil and gas services company had been charged for their alleged involvement in a scheme to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA and for other related offenses.  The DOJ also revealed that the company’s former general counsel had entered a guilty plea on bribery and fraud charges related to the alleged schemes.  According to two separate Criminal Complaints that were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the former CEOs allegedly paid bribes to a Colombian official for his assistance in securing approval of a contract valued at approximately $39 million.  They were also charged with attempting to defraud members of the company’s board through their attempts to secure kickbacks for themselves as part of an effort to acquire another firm.  The Information filed against the former GC provided further details on the bribery and kickback schemes.

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