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Siemens In Greek Settlement

The Greek Ministry of Finance said Siemens will pay €270 million ($336 million) to resolve a bribery scandal dating back to the 1990s.

The German industrial giant’s settlement includes a €90 million payment to the Greek government to help it fight corruption and €80 million to help it pay off debts.

Siemens will also invest €100 million in Greece in 2012, some going to promote international investment there.

The Finance Ministry said last week the settlement still needs parliamentary approval.

In 2008, Siemens paid $800 million to settle FCPA charges with the DOJ and SEC, and another $800 million more to German authorities. It spent more than $1 billion on its global investigation into corrupt practices.

Greek authorities said Siemens Hellas paid bribes from 1997 to 2002 to win contracts with state-owned Hellenic Telecom. According to the Greek Reporter, a former Socialist minister admitted accepting a €100,000 payment from the Greek subsidiary in 1998 ‘as a contribution to the party coffers.’

The former minister, Tassos Mantelis, was charged but hasn’t been tried.

Three local Siemens employees wanted by Greece fled the country to escape prosecution, according to reports by AFP.

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