United Kingdom: Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited Resolves Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Penalty of Over $18 Million

Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited (“Amec Foster Wheeler,” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of John Wood Group plc (“Wood”), a United Kingdom-based global engineering company, has agreed to pay a penalty of more than $18 million to resolve charges stemming from the Company’s involvement in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign officials in Brazil in exchange for an approximately $190 million contract to design a gas-to-chemicals complex.

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Amec Foster Wheeler entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section in connection with the filing of criminal information filed in the Eastern District of New York charging the Company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).  In related proceedings, the Company has received provisional court approval for a settlement with the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office and has settled with the Ministério Público Federal (“MPF”), the Advogado-Geral da União (“AGU”), and the Controladoria-Geral da União (“CGU”) in Brazil.  A subsidiary of Wood has also agreed to resolve a related civil matter with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington Field Office (FBI), made the announcement.

“Amec Foster Wheeler conspired to pay bribes to officials in Brazil as part of a corrupt scheme to obtain a $190 million government contract and generate millions of dollars in profits,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis.  “The defendant’s lengthy DPA and agreed to pay a penalty of more than $18 million to demonstrate the commitment of this Office to enforcing the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA and holding companies like Amec Wheeler Foster accountable for its illegal conduct and corporate greed.”

The original full article can be found at justice.gov

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