Cheney off the hook, but Halliburton pays for alleged bribes, The former vice president isn’t part of any lawsuits anymore, but Halliburton is paying for acts when Cheney was their CEO

Cheney off the hook, but Halliburton pays for alleged bribes, The former vice president isn’t part of any lawsuits anymore, but Halliburton is paying for acts when Cheney was their CEO by Andrew Schenkel, December 23, 2010, Mother Nature Network
The word “allegations,” in this case refers to Halliburton pleading guilty a year ago to claims that it paid more than $100 million to Nigerian government officials in connection with a $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract. To settle that, Halliburton and the United States government reached a $579 million settlement. Now, Halliburton will be sending another $32.5 million (plus a couple million more for legal fees) to Nigeria to settle this situation once and for all. Former Vice President Dick Cheney had been one of nine individuals charged by the Nigerian government with being involved in this massive bribery case. Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton during the five-year period when these bribes supposedly occurred. The Halliburton payment comes in exchange for all charges against individuals and the company being dropped. Cheney has dodged another legal bullet.

This Halliburton news comes during a time when the company is facing more criticism than it usually does. In November, the Environmental Protection Agency subpoenaed the energy company to disclose the chemicals it uses in hydraulic fracturing, a technique used for natural gas extraction. Just a month before that subpoena, a White House panel said the company used flawed cement for the BP oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico over the summer.

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