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US and UK ex-KBR staff sentenced for Nigeria LNG plant bribery

12 March 2012

Albert "Jack" Stanley, 69, pleaded guilty in September 2008 to accusations of routing $182 million in bribes to Nigerian government officials. Stanley, who served at one point under former US Vice President Dick Cheney at Halliburton, had his sentencing date reset 16 times but has now been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Albert "Jack" Stanley, former CEO of KBR, has been sentenced to 30  months in prison for bribery
Albert "Jack" Stanley, former CEO of KBR, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for bribery

The former chief executive of KBR Inc. was sentenced for his role in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to win $6 billion in contracts for a liquefied natural gas facility at Bonny Island.

US District Judge Keith Ellison also sentenced a former KBR consultant a 21-month prison sentence for acting as a middleman. Jeffrey Tesler, 63, a consultant and lawyer, pleaded guilty almost a year ago to one count of conspiracy to violate and one count of violating the bribery law known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). 

Despite fighting extradition from Britain, Tesler was sent to the United States in March 2011, where he entered a guilty plea. He faced up to five years in prison on each count and had already agreed to forfeit almost $150 million as part of his plea bargain.

Earlier, Judge Ellison sentenced another Briton, 73-year old Wojciech Chodan, to probation for taking part in the bribery scheme when he worked at a unit of KBR. He had also unsuccessfully fought extradition, but cooperated with the US investigation on arrival in Texas.

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