NJ construction management firm to pay $17M penalty in international bribery case
Two former executives of a global construction management firm based in New Jersey have pleaded guilty to bribing foreign officials in order to win contracts abroad, the U.S. Department of Justice reported on Friday.
Their firm, Louis Berger International, will pay $17.1 million in criminal penalties for charges related to $3.9 million in bribes to officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait between 1998 and 2010, the government said.
The executives disguised the bribes as “commitment fees,” per diems, and other legitimate payments to third-party vendors, the department said in a release.
The deal is part of a three-year deferred prosecution agreement that the Department of Justice agreed to, in part, because the firm self-reported the misconduct, cooperated with the investigation, agreed to make restitution, and fired the officers and employees involved with the bribes.
Sentencing hearings for the two executives — Richard Hirsch and James McClung — are scheduled for Nov. 5.