Two South Korean companies to pay $127M in military fuel bid-rigging case

Motorpool row sits across from the barracks at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, as seen in September 2017. STARS AND STRIPES
Motorpool row sits across from the barracks at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, as seen in September 2017. STARS AND STRIPES

Two South Korean companies to pay $127M in military fuel bid-rigging case

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — Two South Korean companies have agreed to plead guilty and pay about $127 million in a bid-rigging case involving fuel-supply contracts for U.S. military bases on the divided peninsula, the Justice Department said.

Hyundai Oilbank Co. Ltd. and S-Oil Corp. are the latest to be charged in a massive investigation into allegations that companies conspired to suppress and eliminate competition during the bidding process for lucrative fuel-supply contracts.

That caused the Defense Department to pay substantially more for fuel-supply services than under a normal bidding process.

The companies agreed to pay about $75 million in criminal fines and $52 million in separate civil cases, the Justice Department said. They also agreed to cooperate in the ongoing criminal investigation.

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