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NEWSSeptember 22, 2022

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 139

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 139 issued in Sanctions Case No. 724, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of debarment with conditional release for a minimum period of two (2) years and ten (10) months on Mr. Victor Neeplo (the “Respondent”).

This sanction is imposed on the Respondent for a corrupt practice and a collusive practice as defined in Paragraph 1.23(a)(i) and Paragraph 1.23(a)(iii), respectively, of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011).

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondent was found liable for engaging in a corrupt practice by receiving two payments from a contractor in order to influence improperly his own actions in the procurement and execution of Bank-financed contracts. In addition, the Respondent was found liable for engaging in a collusive practice by entering into an arrangement with another contractor in order to stifle open competition and influence the procurement and award of a Bank-financed contract. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, the Sanctions Board took into account all relevant sanctioning factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.