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SEC v. Ian N. Campbell

 
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Campbell, Ian N.
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SEC Civil
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July 14, 2006
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SEC v. Ian N. Campbell
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SEC v. SSamson, No. 1:06CV01217 (D.D.C. 2006)
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Mr. Campbell is a citizen of the United Kingdom.
Although Mr. Campbell's employer, ABB Vetco Gray UK, pled guilty to criminal charges, the U.S., through the SEC, brought a civil action against Mr. Campbell, a UK national, two years after the criminal case.
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Energy (Non-Utility)-Oil & Gas-Exploration/Production
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Nigeria
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1999; 2000; 2001
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Officers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Investment Management Services
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Mr. Campbell settled this action with the SEC without admitting or denying the following facts alleged in the SEC complaint:
Mr. Campbell is the former Vice President of Finance for Vetco Gray UK (an ABB subsidiary).

Mr. Samson, the former Vetco Gray (an ABB subsidiary) Regional Sales Manager for West Africa, negotiated the payment of $800,000 to six Nigerian government officials who were employees of NAPIMS (National Petroleum Investment Management Services). The payments were designed to induce Nigerian officials to help ABB win a bid for an oil drilling contract worth $180 million.
To process the payments, Mr. Samson informed Mr. Munro, the former Vetco Gray UK Senior Vice President of Operations, and Mr. Campbell, the former Vetco Gray UK Vice President of Finance, of the payments. Mr. Munro, in turn, authorized the payments and directed Mr. Samson and Mr. Campbell to make the payments to the NAPIMS officials through a local consultant. Mr. Campbell prepared and executed, on behalf of Vetco Gray UK, a consulting agreement between Vetco Gray UK and one of the consultant's companies. Mr. Campbell then approved payment for phony invoices for consulting services submitted by the company. The money was wired to the consultant's bank account in the United States and in turn the consultant wired the money to the US bank accounts belonging to the NAPIMS officials. Mr. Samson also directed Mr. Whelan, the former Vice President of Sales, to provide gifts and cash to NAPIMS officials when they visited the United States. In exchange for the bribes, Mr. Samson received competitor bid information from one NAPIMS official. In addition, Mr. Samson received kickbacks from the NAPIMS officials in the amount of $50,000.
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Aiding and abetting books and records, Aiding and abetting internal controls, Anti-bribery (Issuer), Books and records (Individual)
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Civil penalty, Injunction/Cease and desist
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40,000
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0
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Agent of Issuer
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Senior Finance
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Foreign
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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180,000,000
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Cash, Gifts, Meals, Travel, Wire/check
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Direct, Sales Agent/Consultant
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1,000,000
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United States
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United States
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No
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No