Booze Giant Will Pay SEC $16 Million

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Diageo, one of the world’s biggest booze producers, will pay $16.3 million to settle SEC charges that it bribed foreign officials to get tax and Customs breaks for its Johnnie Walker Scotch and other brands.
     The SEC claimed that London-based Diageo paid more than $2.7 million in bribes to officials in India, South Korea and Thailand, over 6 years. The SEC filed the settled complaint alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
     Diageo agreed to disgorge $11.3 million, mix in $2.1 million in interest, and stir it with a fine of $3 million. It also agreed to fire some people.
     Among the beneficiaries of Diageo’s illegal largesse were military officers in South Korea, and government officials in all three countries. 

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