Hungarian subsidiary of multinational technology company settles FCPA claims
On July 22, the DOJ announced an $8.7 million settlement with the Hungarian subsidiary of an American multinational technology company to resolve allegations of bid-rigging and bribery in violation of the FCPA. The SEC simultaneously announced a related resolution with the parent technology company over the operations of subsidiaries in four countries, with the parent company paying an additional $16.5 million.
According to the DOJ announcement, between 2013 and 2015, executives and employees of the Hungarian subsidiary falsely represented to the parent company that discounts were necessary to finalize deals with resellers to sell company licenses to government customers; however, the savings were allegedly used for “corrupt purposes” in violation of the FCPA. The subsidiary entered into a non-prosecution agreement with DOJ, which noted that while the subsidiary did not voluntarily self-disclose the misconduct, it received credit for the company’s “substantial cooperation with the Department’s investigation and for taking extensive remedial measures.” Specifically, the subsidiary terminated four licensing partners and the company implemented an enhanced compliance system and internal controls to address corruption risks.