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SEC charges Stryker second time for FCPA violations

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 1, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 28 charged Stryker with violating the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the second time the SEC has brought an FCPA action against the medical device company.

Stryker agreed to settle the charges and pay a $7.8 million penalty. The SEC’s order found that Stryker’s internal accounting controls were not sufficient to detect the risk of improper payments in sales of Stryker products in India, China, and Kuwait, and that Stryker’s India subsidiary failed to maintain complete and accurate books and records. 

“Stryker’s failures to implement sufficient internal accounting controls and keep accurate books and records are unacceptable, especially as this is not the first time the company has been charged for these types of violations,” said Marc Berger, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional...

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