Companies involved: Sumitomo Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd, Vestergaard Fransen
Industry: Health Care Services
Official(s) Involved: Former director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, Duong Socheat
Sumitomo Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd., subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co, and Swiss firm Vestergaard Fransen are being investigated by the Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit for bribery. The companies, both suppliers of mosquito bednets, are accused of paying more than $410,000 in bribes and giving $20,000 in gifts to Cambodian officials in exchange for contracts with the Ministry of Health.
Between 2006 and 2011, Sumitomo Chemical Singapore secured at least seven contracts worth $4.6 million (4.7 billion yen) through the malaria center.
A report by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) uncovered evidence Sumitomo Singapore and Vestergaard paid kickbacks worth $350,905 to Duong Socheat, former director of the Ministry of Health’s National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, $59,809 to his deputy, $45,770 to a senior procurement officer for the National Center for HIV/AIDS (CNM), Dermatology and STD control (NCHADS).
Sumitomo Chemical Co. denied involvement or knowledge of any suspected wrongdoing by employees from its Singapore subsidiary.