By Dylan Tokar 

A consultant who used bribes to help two oil-services companies secure business with Brazilian state-owned Petróleo Brasileiro SA was fined and sentenced to probation.

Zwi Skornicki pleaded guilty last year to helping pay bribes on behalf of oil-services companies TechnipFMC PLC and Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, according to a spokesperson with the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Skornicki and others received more than $69 million from the Paris-based Technip SA, which merged with FMC Technologies Inc. in 2017, in a conspiracy that also involved Singapore-based Keppel, according to federal prosecutors. He passed a portion of the payments along to Brazilian government officials who were employees of Petróleo Brasileiro, known as Petrobras, to secure a business advantage for Technip, prosecutors said.

A lawyer for Mr. Skornicki declined to comment. Representatives of TechnipFMC and Keppel didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Skornicki last year pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for his role in the bribery scheme. The conspiracy took place between 2003 and 2013, federal prosecutors said.

TechnipFMC and a U.S. subsidiary last year agreed to pay more than $296 million to settle investigations in the U.S. and Brazil.

The agreement followed a related settlement in late 2017 with Keppel and its U.S. subsidiary, which agreed to pay $422 million to resolve investigations in the U.S., Brazil and Singapore.

Write to Dylan Tokar at dylan.tokar@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 04, 2020 20:52 ET (00:52 GMT)

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