Keppel’s bribe case settlement followed plea deal by former company lawyer, US court papers show

Last week’s $422m court settlement by Singapore-based Keppel Offshore and Marine with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) followed a guilty plea and co-operation deal by a former Keppel lawyer, according to Reuters.

Keppel settled on charges that it bribed Brazilian officials in the Petrobras bribes-for-inflated-contracts corruption scheme.

Unsealed court documents in federal court in Brooklyn show that lawyer Jeffrey Chow admitted in August to conspiring to violate America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when he drafted contracts that were used to make bribe payments.

Chow, who is awaiting sentence, is a US citizen with residence in Singapore.

The bribes covered 13 contracts with Brazil’s state oil firm Petrobras and Sete Brasil, an oil rig company.

Donal Scully

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