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NEWS March 10, 2020

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 126

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 126 issued in Sanctions Case No. 580, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of debarment with conditional release after a minimum of three years and one month on the company Vodokanalproekt – Metalproect Ingeneering AD (the “Respondent”).

This sanction is imposed on the Respondent for fraudulent practices as defined in Paragraph 1.14(a)(ii) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (May 2004, revised October 1, 2006, and May 1, 2010).

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondent was found liable for engaging in fraudulent practices by making false statements and submitting false documents in the Respondent Firm’s bid on a Bank-financed project. The Respondent’s misrepresentations related to its work experience and financial turnover. The Sanctions Board found the evidence sufficient to support a finding that the Respondent’s staff acted knowingly, and that the Respondent did not prove, to the necessary standard that the misconduct could be attributed to “rogue employees.” In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, the Sanctions Board took into account a number of relevant aggravating and mitigating factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.