In late January, Britain’s High Court upheld the extradition of a UK citizen to the US in connection with FCPA charges. Attorney Jeffrey Tesler was indicated in 2009 in connection with an alleged scheme to bribe Nigerian officials to win contracts for a joint venture run by KBR Inc. The indictment asserted that Tesler was an agent of a four-company venture that paid bribes to win $6 billion in contracts to build and expand Nigeria’s Bonny Island liquefied natural gas terminal.
As reported in the December 2010 Corruption Digest, Wojciech J. Chodan, another UK citizen who had worked for KBR, pleaded guilty to bribery charges in a US court after being extradited from Britain. KBR and its ex-parent Halliburton Co. agreed to a US settlement in connection with these matters of $579 million. Of the other joint venture partners – Japan’s JGC Corporation, France’s Technip SA and a unit of Italy’s Saipem – the latter two also reached settlement agreements with US authorities.