Civil Action No. 1:13CV461 (E.D. Va., April 16, 2013) The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Parker Drilling Company, a worldwide drilling services and project management firm, with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by authorizing improper payments to a third-party intermediary retained to assist the company in resolving customs disputes.
The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, alleges that in 2004 Parker Drilling authorized payments to a Nigerian agent totaling $1.25 million. The company did so despite former senior executives knowing that the agent intended to use the funds to “entertain” Nigerian officials involved in resolving Parker Drilling’s ongoing customs problems ...Zum vollständigen Artikel