Friday, November 20, 2009

Former Willbros consultant admits bribery plot

HOUSTON - A former Willbros International consultant pleaded guilty on Nov. 12 to two federal charges in the payment of more than $6 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for pipeline contracts.
Paul G. Novak, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and one count of violating the act, which prohibits bribing officials for business overseas.
Novak was charged along with James Kenneth Tillery, a former executive of Willbros International, who is a fugitive. Two other Willbros employees, Jim Bob Brown and Jason Steph, have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme but have not yet been sentenced.

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