DOJ charges 2 subsidiaries of Swiss company in deals with oil-for-food program, Mexico utility

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

US charges 2 subsidiaries of Swiss company

WASHINGTON — Swiss company ABB Ltd. on Wednesday resolved charges that two subsidiaries engaged in conspiracies to violate an anti-bribery law in deals with a state-owned utility in Mexico and with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein, the Justice Department announced.

ABB Inc. admitted that a business unit in Sugar Land, Texas, paid $1.9 million in bribes to officials in the Mexican state-owned utility company CFE in exchange for contracts worth more than $81 million.

In federal court in Houston, Judge Lynn Hughes imposed a sentence that included a criminal fine of $17.1 million on the American subsidiary.

ABB Ltd.Jordan was charged with one count of conspiracy for allegedly paying more than $300,000 in kickbacks to the former Iraqi government to secure orders for electrical equipment and services worth more than $5.9 million.

In a related matter, ABB Ltd. reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, agreeing to pay more than $39 million in disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties.

ABB Ltd. entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to cooperate with investigations by U.S. and foreign authorities of the company’s corrupt payments and to adhere to recommendations of an independent compliance consultant under a three-year agreement.

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