Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Mobil Natural Gas Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Exxon Mobil
Penalty: 
$32,200,000
Year: 
2010
Date: 
April 5, 2010
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act
Secondary Offense: 
federal leasing royalty violation
Violation Description: 

Mobil Natural Gas Inc., Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S. Inc. and their affiliates agreed to pay the United States $32.2 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal and American Indian leases. The Mobil companies are alleged to have systematically under reported the value of natural gas taken from the leases from March 1, 1988, to Nov. 30, 1999, and, consequently, paid less royalties than owed to the United States and various American Indian tribes.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department Civil Division
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Texas
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
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Parent company note: 
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