Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Indian Helicopter Sale Corruption Probe

Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi was arrested and charged with bribery and embezzlement. Italian prosecutors alleged that Orsi and other executives paid bribes to ensure the sale of 12 helicopters to the Indian government in 2010. Bruno Spagnolini, the CEO of Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland helicopter unit, was also arrested. In July 2014, legal proceedings against the company were settled when AgustaWestland agreed to pay a “negligible fine” (reportedly 7.5 million euros) without admitting any wrongdoing or liability. In October 2014, Orsi and Spagnolini were acquitted of corruption charges but were sentenced to two-year jail terms on lesser charges of falsification of invoices. In April 2016, an appeals court overturned the not-guilty corruption verdicts and sentenced Orsi to 4 1/2 years and Spagnolini to 4 years in prison. In January 2018, a court acquitted both men of all charges.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Found Guilty
Date of Arrest
Contractors Involved Penalty
Finmeccanica, S.p.A. Unknown
Further Information Released
Finmeccanica Press Release (July 2014) 7/29/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database