WASHINGTON, November 10, 2014 - On November 4, 2014, the World Bank Group announced the debarment of Mr. Steven Nederhorst, a Dutch national, together with any entity that is an Affiliate directly or indirectly controlled by Mr. Nederhorst, including but not limited to Elmcrest Group Limited, formerly Landmarc Limited, for a period of six years for engaging in corrupt and fraudulent practices relating to the Dar ElSalaam Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Tanzania.
“This particular case demonstrates the range of our efforts to ensure that World Bank-financed projects are executed with quality and integrity,” said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency.
The World Bank investigation, which spanned five countries in Africa and Europe, revealed evidence of kickback payments totalling USD 172,700 by Mr. Nederhorst and his joint venture partners, Norconsult AS of Norway and MMK Project Services Limited of Tanzania, and its owner, Mr. Munawer Khalfan to win and implement a World Bank-financed construction supervision contract. Evidence also included several fraudulent reference sheets and a forged power of attorney to win a World Bank-financed construction supervision contract.
Earlier this year, the World Bank Group announced a six month debarment of Norconsult and a debarment of MMK Project Services Limited for a period of 5.5 years following decisions by the World Bank Group’s independent Sanctions Board relating to the same project.
Mr. Steven Nederhorst’s debarment qualifies for cross-debarment by other MDBs under the Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Debarments that was signed on April 9, 2010.
About the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency
The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of fraud, collusion and corruption in World Bank projects, capitalizing on the experience of a multilingual and highly specialized team of investigators and forensic accountants.