Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Three former Rolls-Royce staff bribery claims revealed

Charges against three former Rolls-Royce employees and two individuals in relation to an alleged bribery scheme have been revealed by US authorities.

The documents detail how the former staff allegedly paid kickbacks to others, including a foreign official, to win work on a new gas pipeline.

Four of the five people named have pleaded guilty to the charges.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce paid £671m to settle corruption cases with UK and US authorities.

The unsealed indictment claims that Petros Contoguris, founder and chief executive of a company called Gravitas, devised a scheme with former Rolls-Royce employees James Finley, Aloysius Johannes Jozef Zuurhout and Keith Barnett and an individual named Andreas Kohler who worked at a consultancy firm.
Money was allegedly paid to staff at the consultancy firm as well as to at least one foreign official but were disguised as commission payments to Gravitas, according to the documents.

BBC     News.

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