Greasing the Wheels in Kazakhstan - FCPA Violations and Implementation of a Corporate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 2014

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 Last revised: 10 Feb 2015

See all articles by Mark A. Holtzblatt

Mark A. Holtzblatt

Cleveland State University

Norbert Tschakert

Salem State University; Salem State University

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

This case discusses the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations of Texas-based Baker Hughes, in connection with its oil service operations in Kazakhstan. You will assume the position of a newly assigned audit committee member who is trying to understand Baker Hughes’ FCPA violations related to its Kazakhstan operations. Your investigation will involve the examination of the SEC court complaint, press releases, government and company publications and 10-K annual reports.

Baker Hughes’ FCPA experiences illustrate the corruption risks and difficulties that multinational corporations encounter in conducting international business. The subsequent creation of a new Baker Hughes Code of Conduct, FCPA Compliance Guide, and Anti-Corruption Compliance Program provide you with a view of the corporate governance policies that companies can implement to help avoid costly penalties and investigations.

Case questions address FCPA bribery, accounting and internal control provisions, 10-K filings, red flags indicating bribery (warning signs), and auditor’s responsibilities in uncovering illegal acts.

Keywords: FCPA, Bribery, Internal Control, Compliance

Suggested Citation

Holtzblatt, Mark A. and Tschakert, Norbert and Tschakert, Norbert, Greasing the Wheels in Kazakhstan - FCPA Violations and Implementation of a Corporate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Compliance Program (March 1, 2014). Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2557120

Mark A. Holtzblatt (Contact Author)

Cleveland State University ( email )

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Norbert Tschakert

Salem State University ( email )

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Salem State University ( email )

352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970-5353
United States
978-542-6627 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://directory.salemstate.edu/profile/norbert.tschakert

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