Chevron Agrees To Pay $30 Million In Oil-For-Food Settlement

LAWFUEL – The US Legal Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ROBERT M. MORGENTHAU, the District Attorney for New York County, MARK J. MERSHON, the Assistant
Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (“FBI”), and ADAM J. SZUBIN, the Director of the
Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control
(“OFAC”), today announced an agreement (“the Agreement”)
resolving the criminal and civil regulatory liabilities of
CHEVRON CORPORATION and its subsidiaries (“CHEVRON”) relating to
CHEVRON’s procurement of Iraqi oil under the United Nations Oilfor-
Food Program. According to the Agreement, CHEVRON obtained
Iraqi oil under the Program from third parties that paid secret,
illegal surcharges to the former government of Iraq, in violation
of United States wire fraud statutes and administrative
regulations that prohibited transactions with the former
Government of Iraq. Pursuant to the Agreement, CHEVRON will make
the following payments totaling $27,000,000:

(1) forfeiture of
$20,000,000 to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
District of New York (“SDNY”), which will seek to transfer that
money to the Development Fund of Iraq (established on May 21,
2003, by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483) to be
paid as restitution for the benefit of the people of Iraq;

(2) $5,000,000 to the New York County District Attorney’s Office
(“DANY”) to be distributed as DANY shall deem appropriate; and

(3) $2,000,000 to OFAC in settlement of civil penalties. In a
separate agreement, CHEVRON agreed to pay an additional monetary
penalty of $3,000,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission
(“SEC”), and to pay disgorgement of $25,000,000, which will be
satisfied by their payments to SDNY and DANY.

Today’s Agreement is the result of a joint
investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
District of New York and the New York County District Attorney’s
Office. Also participating in this investigation were the FBI,
the NYPD, and OFAC.

In addition to the monetary payments, the Agreement
obligates CHEVRON to continue cooperating fully with SDNY, DANY,
the FBI, the SEC, OFAC, and any other law enforcement agency
designated by SDNY or DANY. CHEVRON will not be prosecuted for
any crimes (except possibly criminal tax violations) related to
its purchases of Iraqi oil under the United Nations Oil-for-Food
Program from approximately mid-2000 to March 2003 that involved
the payment by third parties of secret illegal surcharges to the
former Government of Iraq, including as set forth in Exhibit A to
today’s Agreement.

SDNY’s decision to enter into the Agreement was guided
by the factors set forth in the Department of Justice’s
memorandum, “Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business
Organizations.” Among other factors, SDNY’s decision took
account of CHEVRON’s (1) cooperation with the various Government
investigations into the corruption of the Oil-for-Food Program;
(2) commitment to continue to provide cooperation; (3)
implementation of enhanced compliance procedures that are
designed to prevent future violations of law by its employees;
(4) confirmation that culpable employees were no longer working
for CHEVRON; (5) settlement of the SEC’s civil enforcement action
prior to entering the Agreement with SDNY; and (6) agreement to
forfeit at least $20,000,000 — representing the approximate
amount of illegal surcharges paid to SADDAM HUSSEIN’s Government
by third parties in connection with Iraqi oil purchased by
CHEVRON — for ultimate transfer to the Iraqi people through the
Development Fund for Iraq. SDNY also considered the significant
consequences that a criminal indictment would have upon the
legitimate operations and innocent employees and shareholders of

Accordingly, after carefully balancing all the factors
in the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business
Organizations, SDNY concluded that the public interest has been
vindicated and that the criminal prosecution of CHEVRON would not
serve the public interest. DANY also concluded that the
Agreement with Chevron would be in the public interest.
This case is one of many that are the result of an
unprecedented, wide-ranging criminal investigation into the
United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. In mid-2000, the former
Government of Iraq, under SADDAM HUSSEIN, began conditioning the
right to purchase Iraqi oil under the Oil-for-Food Program — a
program intended to provide humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people
— on the purchasers’ willingness to return a portion of the
profits secretly to Hussein’s government, then the subject of
international sanctions. To date, the investigation has produced
cases against 12 individuals and 7 entities (including CHEVRON)
— of which 6 individuals and 2 entities pleaded guilty, 1
individual was found guilty at trial, and 2 entities reached
agreements with SDNY. The remaining cases are pending. Also as
a result of the investigation, over $47.5 million in criminal
proceeds has been forfeited or has been agreed to be forfeited to
SDNY; SDNY will seek to transfer these funds to the Development
Fund of Iraq as restitution for the benefit of the people of

Mr. GARCIA praised the efforts of the FBI, the SEC,
OFAC, and the NYPD in the investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys EDWARD C.
LEVIN, and Assistant District Attorneys RAHUL KALE and PAMELA
DICKSON, who have been designated Special Assistant United States
Attorneys for this matter, are in charge of the ongoing

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