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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Global Contagion Report: BHP Billiton

Country: Cambodia

Company Involved: BHP Billiton

Industry: Basic Materials

Industry Subsector: General Mining

Official Involved: Hun Sen, Cambodian prime minister

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: According to Australian media, recently released diplomatic cables reveal Hun Sen’s close involvement in 2006 negotiations with BHP executives that led to the company being granted bauxite exploration rights over “a huge area of land.” BHP stopped all activity in Cambodia after NGO reports alleged the company had paid $3.5 million to Cambodian officials.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Universal Entertainment Corp.

Country: Philippines

Company Involved: Universal Entertainment Corp.

Industry: Consumer Services

Industry Subsector: Gambling

Official Involved: Rodolfo Soriano, a consultant with ties to the former head of the gaming regulator in the Philippines

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: The FBI and authorities in the Philippines are investigating potential bribes paid by Universal Entertainment Corp.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Securency International

Country: Australia

Company Involved: Securency International

Industry: Financials

Industry Subsector: Banks

Officials Involved: Herman Joseph Susmanto, Indonesian central bank currency chief; Le Duc Thuy, former Vietnam State Bank governor; Mohamed Daud Dol Moin, former assistant governor of the Malaysian central bank; Elizabeth Masamune, former senior Austrade commissioner

Enforcement Action: Charge

Summary: A total of nine former executives of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)’s banknote-printing unit Note Printing Australia and its sister company, Securency International, have been charged by Australian authorities with bribing officials in Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, and Vietnam to win lucrative contracts.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Dih Yeon Industrial Co.

Country: Taiwan

Company Involved: Dih Yeon Industrial Co.

Industry: Basic Materials

Industry Subsector: Iron & Steel

Official Involved: Lin Yi-shih, former secretary-general of Taiwan’s cabinet

Enforcement Action: Charge

Summary: Prosecutors are requesting a life sentence for Lin Yi-shih, who was charged last year with accepting NT$63 million (US$2.1 million) from Chen Chi-hsiang, the owner of Kaohsiung-based Dih Yeon Industrial Co., in exchange for helping Chen win a slag treatment contract from China Steel Corp.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Redflex

Country: United States

Company Involved: Redflex Traffic Systems

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Transportation Services

Official Involved: John Bills, formerly of Chicago Department of Transportation

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: According to media reports, an internal investigation at Redflex uncovered $2.03 million in bribes paid to John Bills and a consultant, in what some are calling one of Chicago’s largest corruption scandals.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Grand Medicina

Country: Russia

Company Involved: Grand Medicina

Industry: Health Care

Industry Subsector: Medical Equipment

Official Involved: Sergei Bezyayev, deputy head of the Moscow Oncology Institute

Enforcement Action: Arrest

Summary:  Sergei Bezyayev was detained on suspicion of taking a $960,000 bribe from a representative of medical equipment supplier Grand Medicina in exchange for state contracts.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Atlas International Trading Co.

Country: United States

Company Involved: Atlas International Trading Co.

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Defense

Official Involved: José Mendez, procurement program manager for U.S. Air Force Foreign Materials Acquisition Support Office

Enforcement Action: Charge

Summary: Sylvester and Maria Zugrav, husband-and-wife owners of Atlas International Trading Co., pleaded guilty to passing bribes to José Mendez and offering him more than $1 million in additional payments in return for ensuring Atlas received contracts and bidding advantages.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Trafigura

Country Involved: Malta

Company Involved: Trafigura

Industry: Oil & Gas

Industry Subsector: Exploration & Production

Officials Involved: Tancred Tabone, former Enemalta chairman; Frank Sammut, Enemalta procurement committee member

Enforcement Action: Charge

Summary: Tancred Tabone and Frank Sammut have been charged with receiving kickbacks tied to contracts with Dutch oil company Trafigura.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Caccavo SLR

Country: Italy

Company Involved: Caccavo SLR

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Building Materials & Fixtures

Officials Involved: Marcello Fiori, UNESCO special commissioner for Pompeii heritage site; Luigi D’Amora, director of restoration of Pompeii heritage site

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: Italian police say Marcello Fiori and Luigi D’Amora awarded “irregular contracts” to Salerno-based firm Caccavo for restoration of the Pompeii heritage site.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: SNC-Lavalin

Country: Algeria

Company Involved: SNC-Lavalin

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Heavy Construction

Official Involved: Chakib Khelil, former energy minister

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: The probe into SNC-Lavalin’s activities around the world has reached Algeria.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Boskalis

Country: Argentina

Company Involved: Boskalis

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Heavy Construction

Official Involved: Former Argentina deputy foreign minister Roberto Garcia Moritan; Francisco Bustillo, Uruguay’s ambassador to Argentina

Enforcement Action: Investigation

Summary: A federal judge reopened the case against Roberto Garcia Moritan and Boskalis sales manager Sergio Cetera.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report: Zenon

Country: Nigeria

Company Involved: Zenon

Industry: Oil & Gas

Industry Subsector: Exploration

Officials Involved: Farouk Lawan, MP; Emenalo Boniface, MP

Enforcement Action: Charge

Summary: Farouk Lawan allegedly solicited a $3 million bribe from oil tycoon Femi Otedola to drop Otedola’s company, Zenon, from a parliamentary inquiry into a fuel subsidy scam thought to have cost Nigeria $6.8 billion.… Continue Reading