Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Illicit Payments in Asia

United Technologies agreed to pay nearly $14 million to resolve charges that its elevator and aircraft engine businesses violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by making illicit payments to government officials. According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company’s Otis Elevator Company subsidiary made unlawful payments to Azerbaijani officials to facilitate the sales of elevator equipment for public housing in Baku and as part of a kickback scheme to sell elevators in China. The SEC also alleged that United Technologies, through its joint venture, made payments to a Chinese sales agent in order to obtain confidential information that would help the company win engine sales to a Chinese state-owned airline. The SEC also found that United Technologies improperly provided trips and gifts to various foreign officials in China, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Indonesia through its Pratt & Whitney and Otis subsidiaries in order to obtain business. United Technologies consented to the SEC’s order without admitting or denying the findings and agreed to pay disgorgement of $9,067,142 plus interest of $919,392 and a penalty of $4 million.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Order
Contractors Involved Penalty
United Technologies Corporation $13,986,534
Further Information Released
SEC Order 9/12/2018
SEC Press Release 9/12/2018

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database