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U.S. v. David H. Mead and Frerik Pluimers

 
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Saybolt - Pluimers, Frerik
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DOJ Criminal
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April 17, 1998
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U.S. v. David H. Mead and Frerik Pluimers
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U.S. v. David H. Mead and Frerik Pluimers, Cr. No. 98-240-01, (D.N.J. 1998)
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Utilities-Oil
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Panama
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1994; 1995
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Panamanian government officials
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Frerik Pluimers was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saybolt, Inc. and President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saybolt North America, Inc., the parent company of Saybolt, Inc.
The government's investigation of Saybolt began with allegations of data falsification at its lab facilities in Massachusetts. The company was in the process of being acquired by Core Laboratories N.V. and cooperated in this investigation. However, during the investigation, the EPA's criminal investigation division discovered illegal bribes made in Panama at the direction of Saybolt, Inc. that had not been previously disclosed to the government. These bribes were made to various Panamanian government officials in order to obtain a lease of a favorable location on the Panama canal. The payments were authorized at a board meeting held in New Jersey, attended by David H. Mead, CEO of Saybolt N.A. and director of Saybolt International who also supervised Saybolt de Panama, Frerick Pluimers, the chairman of the parent company, and Philippe Schreiber, a U.S. lawyer who was a director of Saybolt N.A. During the meeting, Schreiber advised the board that people went to jail for making these types of payments, and thereafter the company decided to make the payments using funds from the Dutch parent, rather than from the U.S. company, in an attempt to evade the FCPA. An employee of Saybolt, Inc. was sent to Panama to oversee the cash payment, which consisted of funds from Saybolt International rather than Saybolt N.A. Pluimers was charged with violating and conspiring to violate the FCPA's anti-bribery provisions.

Frerik Pluimers remains a fugitive.
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Aiding and abetting anti-bribery, Anti-bribery (Domestic Concern)
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Fugitive
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Not stated.
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0
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Director of Domestic Concern, Officer of Domestic Concern
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Board Chairman
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Foreign
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Not stated.
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Cash, Wire/check
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Direct
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50,000
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Panama
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Netherlands
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Yes
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No