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Ciena Corporation discloses new FCPA probe

A Maryland-based telecommunications company said in a securities filing Friday that it has launched an internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ciena Corporation said the investigation is to determine if certain payments "to an individual employed by a customer in a country in the ASEAN region" may have violated the FCPA and other laws.

The ASEAN countries are Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei.

Ciena, based in Hanover, Maryland, disclosed the new investigation in an SEC filing on December 22. The disclosure was first posted by FCPA Tracker the same day.

Ciena Corporation has about 5,600 employees. Revenues last year were $2.6 billion.

The company said in Friday's disclosure that it "recently . . . voluntarily contacted" the SEC and DOJ to advise them of an internal investigation.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.