A number of new investigations were brought to light this month. Core Laboratories N.V.
disclosed that the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has contacted the company in connection with its investigation into Unaoil S.A.M.
Core Laboratories allegedly was one of Unaoil’s clients and may have known about Unaoil’s alleged wrongdoing. FMC Technologies, Inc.
also disclosed an inquiry from the DOJ this month concerning the services provided to the company by Unaoil
pursuant to a consulting agreement under which certain proceeds were to be passed on to “the big cheese in Kuwait.”
Brazilian authorities raided a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation
as part of an investigation into whether the subsidiary had paid bribes to politicians to secure contracts with Petrobras
. Another company, Vantage Drilling Co.
, under investigation by U.S. and Brazil authorities concerning alleged bribery in Brazil related toPetrobras
, disclosed this month that it had informed both the DOJ and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of an internal investigation into possible improper payments made to customs and immigration officials in Asia in 2010.
Finally, a Global Witness report released this month alleged that Sable Mining Africa Limited
paid bribes to Liberian officials to change concession laws in the country to allow the company to secure an iron ore concession in Northern Liberia. Within weeks, the company was indicted on bribery charges in Liberia, and the Liberian government has sought assistance from the British government with its investigation into the company.
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