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SEC v. John Samson

 
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ABB - Samson, John
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SEC Civil
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July 14, 2006
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SEC v. John Samson
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SEC v. Samson, 1:06CV01217 (D. D.C. 2006)
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Samson is a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Although Samson's employer, ABB Vetco Gray UK, pled guilty to criminal charges, the United States, through the SEC, brought a civil action against Samson, 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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Officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).
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Mr. Samson settled this action with the SEC without admitting or denying the following facts alleged in the SEC's complaint:

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. Samson then made the arrangements with the consultant and told the consultant whom to pay and how much. The consultant was paid through false invoices for consulting work. 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 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, Disgorgement, Injunction/Cease and desist, Prejudgment Interest
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$50,000 in disgorgement plus $14,675 prejudgment interest; civil penalty in the amount of $50,000 plus post judgement interest thereon.
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114,676
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0
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Agent of Issuer
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Regional Sales
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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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Employee or subsidiary was implicitly charged as an agent of the parent issuer.
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No
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No