United Industrial Corporation / Thomas Wurzel
United Industrial Corporation
United States
Securities and Exchange Commission
Legal Person
Consent to Permanent Injunction
Civil Penalty
Art. 1, Art. 8
False accounting, Aiding and Abetting UIC's Bribery of Foreign Officials, Aiding adn Abetting UIC's Falsification of Books and Records
No admission or denial of alleged offenses
According to the June 2011 United States Report to the OECD, "On May 29, 2009, the SEC filed a settled enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Thomas Wurzel, the former President of ACL Technologies, Inc. (ACL), formerly a subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation (UIC), which provided aerospace and defense systems. In a related action, the SEC also instituted, on May 29, 2009, a settled administrative proceeding against UIC.The Commission's complaint against Wurzel alleged that he authorized illicit payments to an Egyptian-based agent while he knew or consciously disregarded the high probability that the agent would offer, provide, or promise at least a portion of such payments to Egyptian Air Force officials for the purpose of influencing these officials to award business related to a military aircraft depot in Cairo, Egypt to UIC. In relation to this misconduct, the Commission charged Wurzel with violations of the anti-bribery, books and records and internal controls provisions of the FCPA, and with aiding and abetting UIC's violations of the anti-bribery and books and records provisions of the FCPA.The Commission's complaint alleges that from late 2001 through 2002, Wurzel authorized three forms of illicit payments to the agent: (1) payments to the agent ostensibly for labor subcontracting work; (2) a $100,000 advance payment to the agent in June 2002 for "equipment and materials;" and (3) a $50,000 payment to the agent in November 2002 for "marketing services." Furthermore, Wurzel later directed his subordinates to create false invoices to conceal the fact that the $100,000 "advance payment" in June 2002 was never repaid. As a result, UIC, through ACL, was awarded a contract with gross revenues and net profits of approximately $5.3 million and $267,000, respectively." (Source: US Report to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, "Steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions," Information as of May 31, 2011, United Industrial Corporation Case Summary at 65-66.)