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PRESS RELEASE

World Bank Sanctions Three Companies for Fraudulent and Corrupt Misconduct Related To Some of Its Projects

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014—The World Bank Group announced this week the debarment of Information Computer Systems, CJSC (Incom) for three years for engaging in a fraudulent practice under the Ukrainian Social Assistance System Modernization Project.  When bidding for a contract under this Project, Incom submitted two forged certificates which falsely claimed that two proposed staff members possessed a tender-required professional certification. 

This decision along with recent decisions made by the World Bank’s independent Sanctions Board highlights the World Bank Group’s commitment and contribution to ending poverty while paying equal attention to fraudulent and corrupt misconduct compromising the delivery of project results,” said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President. 

During the month of June 2014, the World Bank Group debarred Farhat Group Trading and Contracting Co. S.A.L. for 5.5 years for engaging in fraudulent practice under the Ba’albeck Water and Wastewater Project in Lebanon.  The company submitted forged documents, which falsely claimed past work experience that the firm did not have, when competing for a project-financed contract to operate and maintain water and sewerage works.  Another company, CAA Communications & Accessories International, GmbH, was also debarred for 2.5 years for paying bribes under the Energy Access Project in Ethiopia. 

The debarment of these companies qualifies for cross-debarment by other MDBs under the Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Debarments that was signed on April 9, 2010.

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