Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 136 issued in Sanctions Case No. 631, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of debarment for a period of two (2) years on Mr. Herbert Untersteiner (the “Respondent”).
This sanction is imposed on the Respondent for corrupt and fraudulent practices as defined in Paragraph 1.14(a)(i) and Paragraph 1.14(a)(ii) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (May 2004) (the “May 2004 Procurement Guidelines”).
Capsule Summary of Findings:
The Respondent was found liable for engaging in a corrupt practice by making a payment to an intermediary to influence the actions of a public official in the procurement process for a Bank-financed contract. In addition, the Respondent was found liable for engaging in a fraudulent practice by misrepresenting in his company’s bid for the same Bank-financed contract commissions the company had agreed to pay to another company in exchange for its services in connection with the contract. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, the Sanctions Board took into account all relevant aggravating and mitigating factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis and conclusions can be found in the published decision.