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Former Willbros Executive Charged with FCPA Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 23, 2007 the indictment in Houston of a former executive of a subsidiary of Houston-based Willbros Group Inc. He is charged with conspiring to make corrupt payments to Nigerian officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Jason Edward Steph, 37, a U.S. citizen residing in Kazakhstan, is charged with conspiring to make over $6 million in bribe payments to Nigerian officials in order to obtain and retain gas pipeline construction business from a joint venture majority-owned and controlled by the Nigerian state oil company. He was also charged with money laundering based upon the international transfer of some of the bribe money.

[Added August 9, 2007] Reuters reports that Nigeria’s anti-corruption police are trying to determine who allegedly received $6 million in bribes from Steph.

View the Justice Department Press Release here.

View the Reuters Report here.

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