And the Siemens Bribery Scandal Continues

Siemens, who just a few years ago was found guilty of serious bribery and fraud under the FCPA and who was required to to pay a record $800M in fines and disgorgement of profits, is facing legal action again. Already found guilty of fraud that spanned at least half a dozen countries, including Germany, Italy, US, UK, Switzerland, Russia, and Nigeria, and dozens of subsidiaries, Siemens is now facing legal action in Greece after an 11-month parliamentary investigation that estimated the cost to Greek taxpayers of the alleged bribery at 2 Billion Euros.

The bribery, which allegedly took place between 1997 and 2002, and which affected contracts and security prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics, included bribing of Ministers. According to this article from BBC News, a former Transport Minister told the investigating committee that he had accepted the equivalent of 100,000 Euros in 1998.

It just goes to show the importance of having an FCPA Compliance Strategy in place.