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Fresenius Medical Care to pay $231 million to settle bribery charges

Elisabeth Buchwald

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced that Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA , a German medical device company, has agreed to pay over $231 million to settle charges brought by the Department of Justice and SEC. Fresenius was found to have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by falsifying documents as well as contracts and funneling bribes through third-party intermediaries. FMC paid nearly $30 million in bribes to government officials and others to procure business, the company said. "By engaging in widespread bribery schemes across multiple countries, the company prioritized profits over compliance in its dealings with foreign government officials," said Tracy Price, deputy chief of the SEC Enforcement Division's FCPA Unit, in a statement.