US firm paid $976,000 bribe to win Indian water project
A New Jersey-based construction management firm has been
charged with bribing Indian officials several crores of rupees to win two major
water developmental projects in Goa and in Guwahati.
The bribery of $976,630 for a Goa project by Louis Berger
included that to a minister, the details of which have not been disclosed by
the Department of Justice.
The company agreed to pay $17.1 million criminal fine to
resolve charges that it bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and
Kuwait to secure government construction management contracts.
Two of its former executives, Richard Hirsch of Philippines and
James McClung of the UAEhave pleaded guilty to the bribery charges.
McClung previously served as senior vice president
responsible for the firm's operations in India and in Vietnam.
Sentencing hearings for Hirsch and McClung are scheduled for
November 5, 2015.
The Indian government, assisted by Japanese government,
initiated the five-year Goa Water Supply and Sewerage Project to expand,
rehabilitate and build water and sewerage facilities.
Louis Berger was part of a consortium for the project in
The consortium included two Japanese firms and an Indian
The team developed a project management information system
and plan, evaluated bids, reviewed design and construction plans, and ensured
quality work was done on time and within budget, the company says on its website.