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Tuesday
Jan312012

Stanley, Tesler, and Chodan Sentencings Postposed

Sentencing of the three individual defendants in the TSKJ Nigeria case has been delayed again.

Jack Stanley, 66, is now set to be sentenced by Judge Keith P. Ellison in Houston on February 23 instead of February 3. The former CEO of KBR pleaded guilty three years ago to helping KBR and its partners pay more than $180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials. The companies won contracts worth $6 billion to build LNG facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Jeffrey Tesler, 62, a London lawyer who handled $130 million of the bribes, is scheduled to be sentenced in Houston on February 22. After his extradition from the U.K., he pleaded guilty last year to an FCPA conspiracy and a substantive FCPA count. As part of his plea, Tesler already forfeited $149 million to the U.S. Treasury. The money was in about a dozen bank accounts around the world.

The third individual defendant, Wojciech Chodan, 72, was a KBR manager in the U.K. He pleaded guilty in December 2010 to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. He's also set to be sentenced on February 22.

Tesler and Chodan were supposed to be sentenced on February 2.

Stanley received a preliminary sentence of 84 months in prison and was ordered to make a restitution payment of $10.8 million. His jail term hasn't started yet and is subject to review based on his cooperation in the case.

With Stanley's help, enforcement actions against the four TSKJ partners resulted in settlements of $1.65 billion. Those settlements now make up four of the six biggest FCPA cases of all time.

KBR and its one-time parent Halliburton paid $579 million in 2009 to resolve criminal and civil FCPA charges. In 2010, Italy's Snamprogetti paid $365 million to U.S. enforcement agencies, and France's Technip paid $338 million. Then in 2011, JGC paid $218.8 million.

Stanley and Chodan have objected to the government's presentence reports.

Sentencing of the three individual defendants was reset numerous times while the government completed its prosecution of the TSKJ partners.

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