Jeffrey Tesler, a British lawyer accused of helping the former Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) bribe Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in contracts, pleaded guilty recently to federal charges. The bribery was alleged to have occurred for about 10 years, through 2004, and involved at least four construction contracts.
Tesler was ordered to forfeit nearly $150 million and will be sentenced on June 22. He had been extradited from Britain earlier this year to face the charges.
In February 2009, KBR pleaded guilty in an FCPA case to paying bribes for the Nigerian construction contracts. The company agreed to pay more than $400 million in fines. KBR's former chief executive, Albert J. Stanley, pleaded guilty in September 2008 for his role in the bribery scheme.