Settlements

ST-98
Bribery by Oil Services and Freight Forwarding Companies / Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS) & Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd. (SNEPCO)
Bribery by Oil Services and Freight Forwarding Companies
United States
Department of Justice
Nigeria
2010
11/04
[Nigeria - secondary source]
Legal Person
Criminal
Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Criminal Fine
$30,000,000.00
$30,000,000
$0
Art.16, Art.26
Art. 1, Art. 2, Art. 8
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials, Conspiracy to falsify books and records, Aiding and abetting falsification of books and records
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials, Conspiracy to falsify books and records, Aiding and abetting falsification of books and records
No (Customs)
According to the US Department of Justice Press Release, on November 4, 2010, "A criminal information was also filed today charging SNEPCO, a Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (collectively "Shell"), with conspiring to violate the anti-bribery and books and records provisions of the FCPA, and with aiding and abetting a violation of the books and records provisions. Royal Dutch Shell is the owner of a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. The charges relate to approximately $2 million SNEPCO paid to its subcontractors with the knowledge that some or all of the money would be paid as bribes to Nigerian customs officials by Panalpina to import materials and equipment into Nigeria. To resolve the matter, the department and Shell have entered into a deferred prosecution agreement that requires, among other things, SNEPCO to pay a $30 million criminal penalty." (Source: US Department of Justice Press Release, "Oil Services Companies and a Freight Forwarding Company Agree to Resolve Foreign Bribery Investigations and to Pay More Than $156 Million in Criminal Penalties," November 4, 2010.)