French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent recently agreed to pay $137 million to settle an FCPA investigation by the DOJ and the SEC. The investigation concerned alleged payments to officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan and Malaysia. It was alleged in part that former Alcatel officials paid approximately $9.6 million to Costa Rican officials, including former President Miguel Angel Rodriguez, which earned the company business from a state-run telecommunications company worth an estimated $48.1 million. Rodriguez served a five-month prison sentence in Costa Rica in connection with this episode.
The company will pay $92 million in connection with the DOJ’s criminal action and $45 million in connection with the SEC’s civil action.