US Court sentences man for helping Halliburton bribe Nigerian officials

Channels Television  
Updated February 22, 2012

A US Court on Wednesday, sentenced a British man, Wojciech Chodah to a one year of unsupervised probation and a fine of $20,000 for helping a subsidiary of Halliburton KBR pay bribes to Nigerian officials to win construction contracts worth over $6 billion.

The 74-year old pleaded guilty in 2010, to the Houston based federal court that he helped KBR (Halliburton) bribe officials of the Nigerian government to obtain contracts for liquefied natural gas facilities from 1994 through to 2004.

Mr Chodan faced up to five years in prison for the one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act but sort a plea agreement that reduced his sentence to the probation and fine.

Two other former Halliburton’s staff which includes former Chief Executive Officer, Albert Jack Stanley, a British lawyer has also pleaded guilty to bribery charges, and they will be sentenced on Thursday.

However, Nigeria has refused to prosecute the government officials involved in the bribery scandal.

The only major step the country had taken was when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Adeyanju Bodunde, an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an Abuja High Court.

Mr Bodunde was allegedly implicated in the $180 million bribery scandal.