- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Justice Department officials say a New Jersey-based construction management company has agreed to pay $17.1 million to resolve charges it bribed foreign officials to gain government contracts.

Authorities said Friday Morristown-based Louis Berger International will pay the penalty after the company reported to officials a scheme in which senior executives bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait.

Louis Berger Chairman Nicholas Masucci says the settlement is a “final milestone” in the company’s efforts at reform.

Officials say the company entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and admitted criminal conduct.

From 1998 to 2010 the company and some of its workers orchestrated $3.9 million in bribes to foreign officials to gain government contracts.

Two former senior vice presidents also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges in the scheme.

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