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  1. #1
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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    HP Bribery Files: Bags of Cash, Watches, Grand Canyon Tours

    Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $108 million and plead guilty to bribery charges associated with dealings in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

    Money from H-P subsidiaries was funneled through complex webs of bank accounts, shell companies and partners in multiple countries to government officials, according to court documents filed by the Department of Justice, which investigated the activity along with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies.

    In Russia, where the illegal activity went on from 2000 to 2007, H-P’s money was spent on travel, cars, jewelry, clothing, expensive watches, furniture, household appliances and “swimming pool technology,” the Justice Department said.

    In one case, a Bosnian account of a company registered in the British Virgin Islands paid a nearly €108,000 hotel bill for a company owned by a family member of an unnamed senior Russian government official.

    In Poland, the activity by H-P subsidiary occurred roughly between 2006 and 2010, the government agencies stated. The goal was to secure and maintain millions of dollars with the Polish National Police agency.

    An unnamed executive in H-P’s Polish unit repeatedly delivered bags of cash to an unnamed information-technology director of the agency–described mainly in court documents as “Polish Official,” sometimes at the recipient’s house and sometimes in a Warsaw parking lot. Four such deliveries in 2008 totaled more than $360,000, according to an information statement filed in U.S. District Court in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif.

    The two conspirators went to great lengths to avoid detection or electronic surveillance.

    “In addition to communicating through anonymous e-mail accounts and prepaid mobile telephones,” the H-P executive would drive the Polish official to “remote locations, and the two would type messages in a text file, passing the computer between themselves.”

    The Polish official also took H-P funded trips to San Francisco and Las Vegas, “and a private tour flight over the Grand Canyon,” the government document states.

    In Mexico, according to the court documents, to secure contracts to sell hardware and software to oil company known as Pemex, H-P agreed to pay a $1.41 million “commission” to an unnamed consultant who had close ties to senior Pemex executives.

    The money was hidden in a transaction involving another sales partner, with the consultant subsequently paying one of the Pemex officials approximately $125,000.

    H-P’s payment in connection with the settlement to the government does not rank among the Top Ten of such penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The government agencies noted that the company had cooperated with their investigations.

    “The misconduct described in the settlement was limited to a small number of people who are no longer employed by the company,” John Schultz, the company’s general counsel, said in a statement issued Wednesday.

  2. #2
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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    HP to Pay $108 Million to Settle Government Probe

    By Michael Calia


    Hewlett-Packard Co. said Wednesday that it agreed to pay $108 million to resolve an investigation by U.S. regulators over potential overseas corruption.

    “The misconduct described in the settlement was limited to a small number of people who are no longer employed by the company,” John Schultz, the company’s general counsel, said in a release.

    The company fully cooperated with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the investigation, Mr. Schultz added.

    HP also said it agreed to certain obligations regarding compliance, reporting and cooperation.

    The company didn’t provide any additional information about the investigation of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    But Poland’s Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz said Wednesday on public radio that HP would soon admit publicly that it had given bribes in exchange for contracts. According to local daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, one of the public officials admitted to taking about $529,000 in bribes from a local manager at HP.

    The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.

    Separately, a Polish anticorruption agency has charged dozens of executives and officials with graft on a range of issues. In 2010, German and Russian authorities investigated whether HP had paid millions of dollars to win a contract in Russia and earlier this month, Pakistani officials said they arrested two executives at a local arm of HP on suspicion of corporate tax evasion.

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