SEC Charges TYCO with making illicit payments to foreign officials

Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it filed a settled civil action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Tyco International Ltd. The complaint alleges that Tyco violated the books and records, internal controls, and anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Tyco has agreed to pay over $13 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to settle the charges.

In April 2006, the Commission filed a settled accounting fraud, disclosure, and FCPA injunctive action against Tyco. At the time of the 2006 settlement, Tyco had committed to and commenced a review of its FCPA compliance and a global internal investigation of possible additional FCPA violations. As a result of that review and investigation, certain FCPA violations have come to light for which the misconduct occurred, or the benefit to Tyco continued, after the 2006 injunction. Those are the violations that are alleged in today’s complaint.

Accordingly, the Commission’s complaint alleges that, from 2006 to 2009, Tyco subsidiaries operated twelve illicit payment schemes. Many of the schemes involved fake commissions and related payments, and several also included the use of third-party agents to funnel money improperly. The complaint further alleges that Tyco’s books and records were misstated as a result of the misconduct and that Tyco failed to devise and maintain internal controls sufficient to detect the violations. The complaint also alleges that payments by a sales agent to Turkish government officials violated the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.