Settlements

ST-240
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
United States
Department of Justice
Greece, Poland, Romania, Iraq (UN Oil-for-Food)
2011
04/08
United Kingdom
Legal Person
Criminal
Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Criminal Fine
$21,400,000.00
$21,400,000
$0
Art.16, Art.23, Art.26
Art. 1, Art. 2, Art. 7, Art. 8
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials, Conspiracy to falsify books and records, Bribery of foreign officials
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials, Conspiracy to falsify books and records, Bribery of foreign officials
Yes
According to the Statement of Facts agreed to be Johnson & Johson as part of its Deferred Prosecution Agreement, J&J engaged in misconduct with respect to the UN Oil-for-Food program and in Greece, Poland and Romania. In Greece, DePuy Inc. (Delaware-registered) and DePuy International (wholly owned subsidiary) from 2001 to 2003, Greek Agent A was paid approximately EUR 7,987,540, and from 2003 through 2005, Greek Agent B was paid approximately EUR 7,303,754; significant portion of these payments were used to pay cash incentives to Greek health care workers at publicly-owned hospitals to induce them to buy J&J products; from 2002-2006, in addition to the payments to the agents, approximately EUR500,000 was withdrawn by J&J subsidiary Depuy Hellas employees to cover payments owed to the health care workers by the agents but not yet paid. In Poland, Johnson & Johnson Poland Sp. z.o.o. (wholly owned subsidiary) entered into approximately 4,400 civil contracts between 2000 and 2006, for which the company paid Romanian health care workers of publicly-owned hospitals approximately $3.65 million, some of which were used to make improper payments. Between 2000 and through 2006, J&J also made approximately 15,000 payment sto sponsor travel for publicly-employed Polish health care professionals, totaling approximately $7.6 million, a portion of which were improper. In Romania, between 2005 and 2008, Johnson & Johnson d.o.o. (wholly-owned Romanian subsidiary) and its employees directly or indirectly authorized th epayment of $140,000 in incentives to publicly-owned Romanian health care professionals (most of whom are government employees) to induce the purchase of pharmaceuticals manufactured by J&J subsidiaries and operating companies. In Iraq, between 2000 and 2003, Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV (wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Beerse, Belgium) and Cilag AG International (wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland) were awarded 18 contracts for the sale of pharmaceuticals to the Iraqi Ministry of Health State Company for Marketing Drugs and Medical Appliances under the UN Oil for Food Program, with a total contract value of approximately $9.9 million, which generated approximately $6.1 million in profits. Janssen and Cilag secured thse contracts through the payment of approximately $857,387 in kickbacks to the government of Iraq; the kickbacks were paid to the government of Iraq through a Lebanon Agent and concealed from the United Nations by inflating Janssen and Cilag's contract prices by 10%. Among the relevant considerations listed in the DPA are: Johnson and Johnson's agreement to resolve related cases then being investigated by the SEC and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) (para 4-i) and the possibility that were the DOJ to "initiate a prosecution of J&J or one of its operating companies and obtain conviction, instead of entering into this Agreement to defer prosecution, J&J could be subject to exclusion from participation in federal health programs pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 1320a-7(a). (para 4-j). Also as outlined in the DPA, J&J agreed to pay a monetary penalty as part of its settlement with the Department of Justice that was "a 25 percent reduction off the bottom of the fine range." (para 6) (Source: Johnson & Johnson, Deferred Prosecution Agreement and Attachment A: Statement of Facts, filed in US v. Depuy, Inc. Case No. 1:11-cr-00099-JDB (D.D.C. April 8, 2011)). The US Department of Justice Press Release on the case noted that "The Justice Department acknowledges and expresses its appreciation for the significant assistance provided by the authorities of the 8th Ordinary Interrogation Department of the Athens Court of First Instance and the Athens Economic Crime Squad in Greece; the 5th Investigation Department of the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Radom, Poland; the Fraud Squad of the West Yorkshire Police Department in the United Kingdom; and the SEC's Division of Enforcement, as well as the coordination and cooperation with the authorities of the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office." (Source: US Department of Justice Press Release, "Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $21.4 Million Criminal Penalty to Resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Oil for Food Investigations," April 8, 2011.)