Johnson & Johnson / Depuy Limited / Robert John MacDougal
Johnson & Johnson
United Kingdom
Serious Fraud Office
United States
Guilty Plea
Art. 1
Conspiracy to make corrupt payments (section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906)
Conspiracy to make corrupt payments (section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906)
According to the August 2011 Report by the United Kingdom to the OECD, "Former DePuy executive Robert John Dougall pleaded guilty after admitting his involvement in making £4.5 million of corrupt payments to medical professionals within the Greek state healthcare system. He was originally sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Recognising the important public interest issues raised in this case, Mr. Dougall was granted leave to appeal. On appeal the sentence was suspended. The Court of Appeal emphasised [sic] that where a defendant entered a guilty plea and provided full co-operation with the authorities investigating a major crime involving fraud or corruption and the level of criminality and mitigation meant that the sentence of imprisonment would be 12 months or less, then -- the argument that the sentence should be suspended is very powerful and that -- this result will normally follow." (Source: United Kingdom Report to the OECD, "Steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, Information as of 16 August 2011). There is no mention of a monetary penalty ordered in this case in the UK Serious Fraud Office's Press Release on his case. (Source: US Serious Fraud Office Press Release, "British executive jailed for part in Greek healthcare corruption," April 14, 2010.)