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U.S. v. ABB Vetco Gray (UK) Ltd.

 
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ABB - ABB Vetco Gray UK
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DOJ Criminal
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July 6, 2004
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U.S. v. ABB Vetco Gray (UK) Ltd.
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U.S. v. ABB Vetco Gray, Inc., No. CR H-04-279 (S.D. Tex. 2004)
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The Department brought charges directly against ABB Vetco Gray UK as well as Vetco Gray, Inc. (US). The allegations against ABB Vetco Gray UK was not based on the conduct of the company or its employees. Rather, jurisdiction was asserted on the basis that an employee of ABB Vetco Gray, Inc. (US) acted as an agent for ABB Vetco Gray UK when the employee provided payments and benefits to Nigerian officials and was reimbursed by ABB Vetco Gray UK by check or wire transfer.
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Energy (Non-Utility)-Oil & Gas-Exploration/Production
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Nigeria, United States
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1999; 2000; 2001; 2002
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Officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).
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From approximately 1998 through 2001, ABB Vetco Gray, Inc. and ABB Vetco Gray UK, through their officers and employees paid bribes and authorized the payment of bribes to officials of NAPIMS. The bribes were intended to induce NAPIMS officials to provide confidential and proprietary information regarding its evaluations of competing bids and thereby providing ABB Vetco Gray, Inc. and ABB Vetco Gray UK with a competitive advantage. The bribes were also made to secure favorable consideration on Vetco Gray bids from NAPIMS whose approval was required to receive contract awards.

In 1999, Vetco Gray UK was awarded a contract for which it has realized gross revenues of approximately $9,600,000 and profits of $900,000. The contract was awarded in exchange for a payment of $250,000 which was never paid. A second contract from which Vetco Gray UK realized gross revenues of $4,800,000 and profits of $600,000 was awarded in 2002. Vetco Gray UK was awarded the contract in exchange for the promise of a payment of $75,000 which was never paid.
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Anti-bribery (Other Persons)
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Plea
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ABB Vetco Gray, Inc. agreed to plead guilty. It also agreed to pay a fine of $5,250,000 and a mandatory special assessment of $800.
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5,250,800
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0
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Total Offense Level: 23 (Base Offense of 8 plus Benefit of 15). Total Culpability Score: 3 (Base Score of 5 plus Involvement in or Tolerance of Criminal Activity of 3 minus Cooperation of 5). Fine range of $3,567,337.20 - $7,134,674.40. The government agreed to divide the fine between ABB Vetco Gray, Inc. and ABB Vetco Gray UK.
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Other Person
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Foreign
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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144,000,000
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Cash, Wire/check
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Sales Agent/Consultant
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325,000
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Nigeria
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Jurisdiction was based on wire transfers and checks from the United Kingdom to the United States.
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Yes
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No