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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
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

Chodan Pleads Guilty

Wojciech Chodan, KBR’s former commercial vice president at a U.K. subsidiary, pleaded guilty today in Houston to conspiring to violate the FCPA.

The DOJ said he was part of a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials in exchange for contracts worth $6 billion to build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria.… Continue Reading

Report: Chodan Extradition Coming Soon

Britain is sending KBR’s one-time sales manager to the U.S. “within the next 10 days to stand trial over his alleged role in a huge international bribery scandal,” according to a story today in the Guardian newspaper by Rob Evans.… Continue Reading

The Fugitive Report 2010

Frerik Pluimers, the only FCPA fugitive with his own wanted poster.About a year ago, we compiled our original list of fugitives — people facing FCPA-related criminal charges but still at large.… Continue Reading

Forfeiture Means Financial Ruin

Even if FCPA defendants win acquittals on nine out of ten counts, but lose just one, the single conviction can support a forfeiture order. While their lawyer is celebrating victory, the defendants can be stripped of everything they own — cash, houses, cars, pension assets, art, jewelry, timeshares, boats, you name it.… Continue Reading

When Money Talks, Do Individuals Walk?

Corporations can’t be jailed for violating the FCPA. Their main punishment is financial — criminal fines and, for issuers, civil penalties and disgorgement of profits.

Under the federal sentencing guidelines, corporate punishment depends in part on how much money was involved in the crime.… Continue Reading

Snamprogetti, ENI In $365 Million Settlement

Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. and its parent company ENI S.p.A of Italy will pay $365 million to resolve FCPA-related charges for Snamprogetti’s role in the TSKJ-Nigeria joint venture.

Dutch-based Snamprogetti was charged by the DOJ in a criminal information with one count of conspiracy and one count of aiding and abetting violations of the FCPA.… Continue Reading

Enforcement Report For Q2 ’10

The first quarter of 2010 was the busiest ever for FCPA-related enforcement. This past quarter was one of the quietest for new enforcement actions, with just one from the DOJ and three from the SEC.… Continue Reading

Technip in $338 Million KBR – Related Settlement

Paris-based Technip S.A., an engineering and construction firm that’s part of the oil and gas services industry, has resolved FCPA-related charges with the DOJ. It agreed to pay a $240 million criminal penalty and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement.… Continue Reading

Ex-KBR Boss Remains Free

Albert Jack Stanley (Credit PBS’s Frontline)A federal judge in Houston last week postponed sentencing for Albert “Jack” Stanley until September 23, 2010. The former chairman and CEO of KBR pleaded guilty in September 2008 to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to commit mail and wire fraud.… Continue Reading

U.K. Court Approves Chodan Extradition

A judge in London said today that KBR’s one-time sales manager accused by the U.S. of helping bribe Nigerian officials should be extradited to Texas to face trial.

Wojciech Chodan, 71, of Maidenhead, England, who’s a U.K.… Continue Reading

Halliburton May Face U.K. Charges

Halliburton disclosed Friday in its latest SEC filing that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may bring civil claims or criminal charges against it under various British laws. In February this year, Halliburton and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, admitted paying Nigerian officials at least $182 million in bribes for contracts awarded between 1995 and 2004 to build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria.… Continue Reading