Settlements

ST-377
Vetco International Ltd. / Vetco Gray UK Limited
Vetco International Ltd.
United States
Department of Justice
Nigeria
2007
02/06
Unknown
Legal Person
Criminal
Guilty Plea
Criminal Fine
$12,000,000.00
$12,000,000
$0
$0
Art.16, Art.26
Art. 1, Art. 2
Conspiracy to Bribe Foreign Officials
Conspiracy to Bribe Foreign Officials
No (Customs)
According to the June 2011 United States Report to the OECD, "On January 5, 2007, three wholly-owned subsidiaries of Vetco International, Ltd., a global supplier of products and services for oil drilling production, were charged in the Southern District of Texas with conspiring to violate the FCPA and violating the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA in connection with the corrupt payment of approximately $2.1 million to Nigerian government officials. According to court documents, beginning in February 2001, Vetco International, and its predecessor and several related companies, began providing engineering and procurement services, as well as subsea construction equipment, for Nigeria's first deepwater oil drilling operation, known as the Bonga Project. From at least September 2002 to at least April 2005, in connection with their business in Nigeria, these subsidiaries made at least 378 corrupt payments through a major international freight forwarding and customs clearance company to employees of the Nigerian Customs Service, and these payments were intended to assist Vetco in avoiding paying customs duties. On the same date, Aibel Group, Ltd. (Aibel Group), another wholly owned subsidiary of Vetco International, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement regarding the same bribery scheme. Subsequently, on November 12, 2008, Aibel Group, a United Kingdom corporation, was charged in a two-count superseding information charging the company with a conspiracy to violate the FCPA and a substantive violation of the FCPA." (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, Vetco International Ltd. Case Summary at 110-111.)