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Walmart to pay $282.7 million to resolve criminal investigation

Walmart has entered into a global settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission that resolves a more than seven-year investigation into the company’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Through the settlements, Walmart has agreed to a combined payment of $282.7 million.

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These agreements relate to Walmart’s anti-corruption internal controls in Brazil, Mexico, India and China prior to April 2011. Since then Walmart, under the direction of its Audit Committee, conducted a thorough internal investigation, cooperated with the DOJ and the SEC, and took extensive steps that have established its strong Global Anti-Corruption Compliance Program. Over the past seven years, Walmart spent more than $900 million on FCPA inquiries and investigations, its Global Compliance Program and organizational enhancements. Walmart’s actions were acknowledged by the DOJ and the SEC in the resolution agreements.

“We’re pleased to resolve this matter,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart's president and chief executive officer. 

As part of the resolution, Walmart entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ, which will not prosecute the company if, for a period of three years, Walmart meets its obligations set forth in the agreement. Walmart has also agreed to an administrative order with the SEC to resolve SEC findings related to violations of the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions. In addition, WMT Brasilia S.a.r.l., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart, has entered a guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Virginia as part of the agreement with the DOJ for causing a books and records violation of the FCPA.

Walmart has also agreed with the DOJ to oversight by an independent compliance monitor with a limited scope for a period of two years. Also, Walmart has agreed to report to the SEC on its Anti-Corruption Compliance Program for a period of two years.

Walmart agreed to pay a total amount of $282.7 million consisting of the following: a $137.96 million penalty to the DOJ and $144.69 million in disgorgement of profits plus interest to the SEC. A $4.3 million penalty, including forfeiture, against WMT Brasilia S.a.r.l. will be deducted from the amount owed by Walmart under the non-prosecution agreement.