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World Bank debars contractor and consultant for fraudulent practices in Nicaragua

The World Bank Group said Wednesday it debarred a construction company and a consultant for fraudulent practices on two separate projects in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua-based Constructora Quintero S.A. – CONSTRUQUINSA was debarred for 15 months.

Jelua del Carmen Abdalah Ramirez was debarred for 18 months.

Both are ineligible to participate in World Bank Group-financed projects until the debarments are over.

Under separate settlement agreements the company and the consultant acknowledged responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices, the World Bank said.

Constructora Quintero committed fraudulent practices under the Education Sector Strategy Support Project in Nicaragua.

The Company “misrepresented its credentials and submitted a forged document to win contracts for the construction and improvement of two schools, which is a fraudulent practice under the World Bank procurement guidelines,” the bank said.

Abdalah, a project consultant, committed fraudulent practices under the Hurricane Felix Emergency Recovery Project in Nicaragua.

She “falsified procurement documents in favor of two companies bidding on contracts to build public facilities as part of the project,” the World Bank said.

The World Bank said it reduced Abdalah’s debarment period “in light of her cooperation and voluntary remedial actions.”

She agreed to take ethics training as part of her settlement and cooperate with the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency.

Both debarments announced Wednesday qualify for cross-debarment by the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

A list of all World Bank debarred entities and individuals is here.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.

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