Medical device manufacturer Orthofix has entered into a settlement with the DOJ and the SEC to resolve FCPA claims stemming from activities in Mexico. The company will pay a criminal fine of $2.22 million to the DOJ and a civil monetary sanction of $5.2 million to the SEC.
According to the SEC complaint, Orthofix’s Mexican subsidiary paid bribes to employees of the government-run health care system in Mexico. Payments were referred to as “chocolates,” and were accounted for as reimbursement requests for meals, car tires or training expenses. Approximately $317,000 in bribes were paid over a seven-year period.