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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes 139

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First time accepted submitter CP (1315157) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted to [bribery and money laundering] in order to profiteer off of lucrative government contracts in Russia, Poland, and Mexico, according to court documents. HP's guilty plea carries with it a $108 million penalty — a combination of SEC penalties, as well as criminal fines and forfeitures paid out to the Department of Justice. Thus far no criminal charges have been brought against American HP executives. The multi-agency investigation, which was conducted by multi-national law enforcement partners, the FBI, IRS, and SEC, has revealed kleptocracies in the three foreign governments and corruption and dishonesty among HP corporate fat cats."
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

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  • by msobkow (48369) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:11AM (#46712581) Homepage Journal

    Corporations are not people. They don't make decisions. Executives make decisions.

    Lock the bastards up.

  • by MickyTheIdiot (1032226) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:12AM (#46712585) Homepage Journal

    That equates out to like a $5 fine for those outside of the corporate bubble...

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:25AM (#46712641) Homepage

    Even inside the corporate bubble it's actually less than what a teenager could get for sharing a few music files with his friends.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:25AM (#46712643)

    Agree,

    It wasn't the shareholders that did the bribing. Yet they're the ones that are going to be penalized. Everyone with a401(k) is essentially bribing the US government with the settlement to keep these executives from going to jail.

  • by MathFox (686808) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:27AM (#46712661)

    Executives make decisions.
    Lock the bastards up.

    Most likely one of the conditions of the settlement is that the executives are not prosecuted for their transgressions.

    And the executives will have the fine paid from the corporate funds... business as usual.

  • by Connie_Lingus (317691) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:32AM (#46712685) Homepage

    to someone who lives, on a a daily basis, with the discrimination and stigma of being a convicted felon for minor drug offenses, these kind of articles piss me off to no end.

    these corporate douchebags can blatantly break federal, state, and international laws and not even lose their jobs, where people like me who got caught with some recreational substance see their entire careers and life go into the toilet.

    fuck those HP crooks, AND the DOJ they rode in on.

  • by BurfCurse (937117) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:41AM (#46712725)
    Most of this happened longer than 5 years ago under different leadership. HP is still suffering from the mistakes of the past. HP was financially successful then but at a cost. This is the way people like Mark Hurd do business. Its all about short term gains. Being told your pay was being cut because of difficult times and it was necessary in order to survive, only to find out that 6 months later HP had record profits. That's why all the top performer's no longer work there.
  • by meta-monkey (321000) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @09:05AM (#46713621) Journal

    Then find the people responsible for the laundering and bribery five years ago and put them in jail.

    Never happens, though. Two-tiered justice system. If you're rich, you get fined instead of going to jail. Just gotta make sure the government gets its beak wet. If you're poor, lock 'em up and throw away the key.

  • by doggo (34827) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @09:06AM (#46713635) Homepage

    And this is the problem, isn't it? Corporations shield corporate officers from criminal prosecution. The is the reform that needs to happen in the U.S., and the world.

    Criminal acts perpetrated by corporate agents need to be prosecuted. The agents, and their managers, up to the top level held responsible and subject to the criminal penalties.

    Or, at the very least, if we're going to continue to wrong-headed assertion that "corporations are people", then corporations need to be held accountable. If the "corporation" commits a crime that a human would be sentenced to a prison term for, that corporation should be stopped from doing business for the time of the sentence. No production. No trade. No accounts receivable/payable activity allowed. Dead stop.

    Corporate acts that result in human deaths, means the corporation gets the equivalent sentencing, whatever the normal human sentence is.

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