The NORDAM Group Inc., which provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has agreed to pay a $2 million penalty to resolve FCPA claims brought against it by the DOJ. According to the agreement, the Tulsa, Oklahoma company paid bribes to employees of airlines created, controlled and exclusively owned by the People’s Republic of China. The bribes secured contracts for Nordam to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services for those airlines.
The payments were made to airline employees, both directly and indirectly, and employees of a Nordam affiliate entering into sales representation agreements with fictitious entities and then using the money paid by NORDAM to those entities to bribe the Chinese airline employees.
The company also agreed to cooperate with the DOJ for three years, to issue periodic reports regarding compliance efforts, and to implement an enhanced compliance program. Because of Nordam’s voluntary disclosure and cooperation with the investigation, the company entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ.