This previous post highlighted the DOJ’s enforcement action against Anthony Mace (the former CEO of SBM Offshore) and Robert Zubiate (a former sales and marketing executive at a company subsidiary). As highlighted in this prior post, the Mace enforcement action, in particular, should be required reading for all corporate executives.
Yesterday, the DOJ recently announced that Mace was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison and a fine of $150,000 and Zubiate was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and a fine of $50,000. All of the sentencing documents on the court’s docket were filed under seal.
In the release, Assistant AG Brian Benczkowski stated:
“Anthony Mace and Robert Zubiate played key roles in a massive bribery scheme that involved the payment of millions of dollars to public officials in exchange for lucrative oil-services contracts. Their actions rewarded corrupt officials’ greed and tilted the playing field against honest, law-abiding companies. Today they paid a heavy price for their crimes. Their sentences should serve as a warning to corporate executives everywhere: if you pay bribes to advance your business interests, we will catch you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick (S.D. Tex.) stated:
“Pursuing corrupt companies and individuals who misuse our financial system to commit FCPA violations represents our commitment to keeping the integrity of American democracy in place both here and abroad. We will continue to prosecute such cases involving wrongdoing for corporate crimes and greed.”
Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Houston Field Office stated:
“This case is a prime example of Homeland Security Investigations’ enduring commitment to work closely with our foreign law enforcement partners to track down those who seek to gain an unfair competitive advantage in the international marketplace. By working together to hold these individuals accountable for their actions, we have taken a significant step to level the playing field for companies and consumers.”