On September 28, 2018, Anthony Mace, a former CEO of SBM Offshore, N.V. (“SBM”), a Dutch oil services company, was sentenced to 36 months in prison and a fine of $150,000. Robert Zubiate, a former sales and marketing executive for SBM Offshore USA Inc. (“SBM USA”), a U.S.-based subsidiary, was also sentenced to 30 months in prison and a fine of $50,000. Both Mace and Zubiate pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA in connection with a scheme to bribe foreign government officials in Brazil, Angola, and Equatorial Guinea. According to admissions made in connection with his plea, Mace admitted that he authorized bribe payments to foreign officials at various state-owned oil companies, while Zubiate admitted to using a third party to bribe officials at Brazil’s state-owned oil company. Zubiate further admitted to engaging in a kickback scheme with a sales agent for SBM and SBM USA.
United States v. Mace, 17-cr-00618 (S.D. Tex.)
United States v. Zubiate, 17-cr-00591 (S.D. Tex.)