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Company: Avon Products (China) Co. Ltd.
Current Parent CompanyNatura & Co.
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Penalty: $67,648,000
Year: 2014
Date: December 17, 2014
Offense Group: competition-related offenses
Primary Offense: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Secondary Offense: kickbacks and bribery
Mega-ScandalForeign Bribery
Violation Description: Avon Products (China) Co. Ltd. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Avon Products Inc., pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to conceal more than $8 million in gifts, cash and non-business meals, travel and entertainment it gave to Chinese government officials in order to obtain and retain business benefits for Avon China. Avon China and Avon admitted the improper accounting and payments and Avon Products entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve the investigation. In total, the Avon entities were to pay $67,648,000 in criminal penalties.
Level of Government: federal
Action Type: agency action
Agency: Justice Department Criminal Division
Civil or Criminal Case: criminal
Prosecution Agreement: plea & deferred prosecution agreement
HQ Country of Current Parent: Brazil
Ownership Structure of Current Parent: publicly traded
Major Industry of Current Parent: household and personal care products
Specific Industry of Current Parent: cosmetics
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