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Corruption Case Exposes Scope of Bribery in Nigeria

Last year, Albert Jack Stanley, the former CEO of KBR, pleaded guilty to bribery for masterminding the payment of more than $180 million to Nigerian officials. PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergmen reports on the damage done by large-scale bribery in that country.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Next, another take on Western money in the developing world. International corruption has been the focus of a nine-month investigation by our PBS colleagues at Frontline. Correspondent Lowell Bergman has this special report produced for the NewsHour on the damage done by large-scale bribery in Nigeria.

    LOWELL BERGMAN, correspondent, Frontline: Last September, in federal court in Houston, Texas, corporate America paid attention when this man, Albert "Jack" Stanley, pled guilty to bribery.

  • JOURNALIST:

    Jack, you don't want to say anything?

  • LOWELL BERGMAN:

    Stanley, the former CEO of KBR, then a subsidiary of the Halliburton corporation, agreed to a record seven-year prison sentence for masterminding the payment of $180 million in bribes in Nigeria.

  • ATTORNEY:

    And Mr. Stanley's been cooperating and cooperated today.

  • LOWELL BERGMAN:

    As a result, earlier this year, KBR and the Halliburton corporation agreed to pay more than $500 million in fines, the largest fine ever for international bribery by a U.S. company.

    This case has opened a window into the way multinational corporations do business in corruption-plagued Nigeria.

    The World Bank has reported that Nigeria has lost $300 billion over the last few decades due to corruption.

  • OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, Former President, Nigeria:

    I will not argue with them.

  • LOWELL BERGMAN:

    Three hundred billion disappeared…

  • OLUSEGUN OBASANJO:

    Over a period of years.

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