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Six Years After Juniper Networks Disclosed FCPA Scrutiny, It Resolves A $11.7 Million Joke Of An Enforcement Action Based On Russia And China Subsidiary Conduct

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As highlighted in this previous post, in mid-2013 Juniper Networks disclosed that it was under FCPA scrutiny. Over six years later, the SEC announced yesterday that the company agreed to pay approximately $11.7 million to resolve the scrutiny.

As highlighted below, the enforcement action was based on the conduct of Russia and China subsidiary employees. In Russia, certain sales employees of the Russian representative office of Juniper’s subsidiary secretly agreed with third party channel partners to provide discounts to customers that were parked in off-book funds some of which were used to pay for customer trips, including trips for government officials, some of which were predominately leisure in nature. In China, certain sales employees of Juniper’s Chinese subsidiaries falsified trip and meeting agendas for customer events in seeking approval from Juniper’s Legal Department.

Based on the conduct alleged in the enforcement action (which is beyond any conceivable statute of limitations) as well as actual FCPA legal authority, the enforcement action is a $11.7 million joke.

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United Technologies Corp. Resolves $13.9 Million Enforcement Action

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Yesterday, the SEC announced that United Technologies Corporation resolved a $13.9 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action.

The conduct at issue concerned Otis Elevator Co. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of UTC), Pratt & Whitney (an operating division of UTC), and International Aero Engines (a joint venture of five aerospace companies including Pratt & Whitney) regarding a Russian and Azerbaijani improper payment scheme, a China aviation scheme, improper payments for Otis Elevator sales in China, and leisure travel for foreign officials from several countries including China, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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DOJ Once Again Returns To Russia Nuclear Bribery Scheme As Transport Logistics International Resolves $2 Million Enforcement Action

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As highlighted in this prior post, in August 2015 the DOJ announced a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related enforcement action against Daren Condrey (an owner and executive of Maryland-based Transport Logistics International – TLI) and Vadim Mikerin (an alleged Russian “foreign official”) in connection with a nuclear industry bribery scheme.

As highlighted in this prior post, Mikerin (a Maryland resident) worked for a Maryland corporation (TENAM Corporation), but the DOJ considered him a Russian “foreign official” because TENAM was a wholly-owned subsidiary on TENEX – an entity “indirectly owned and controlled by, and performed functions of, the government of the Russian Federation.”

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DOJ Returns To Russia Nuclear Bribery Scheme And Announces Additional Criminal Charges

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Previous posts here and here highlighted the DOJ’s 2015 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action concerning a Russian nuclear bribery scheme.

As highlighted in the previous posts, Daren Condrey pleaded guilty to FCPA violations for allegedly bribing Vadim Mikerin.

Mikerin was an alleged Russian “foreign official” because he worked for TENAM Corp. (a Maryland corporation) because TENAM was a wholly-owned subsidiary on TENEX – an entity “indirectly owned and controlled by, and performed functions of, the government of the [Russian government].”

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Reboot – Russian Nuclear Industry Bribery Scheme

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Unfortunately in this day and age it is difficult to analyze the news. It seems that approximately 40% of Americans have their preferred news sources which report (and do not report) certain things, approximately 40% of other Americans have their preferred news sources which report (and do not report) certain things, which leaves approximately 20% Americans trying to figure what is actually going on.

For instance, certain media outlets this week (but not others) have devoted substantial coverage of the Obama administration approving “a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium” [even though] the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

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