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German software maker SAP SE will pay$ 8 million in penalties as part of a accord with the United States to resolve allegations that it violated national law by exporting some of its software products to Iran, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
As part of the pact with theU.S. Justice, Treasury, and Commerce departments, national prosecutors also agreed not to pursue felonious charges against the company.
The case against SAP marks the first time a company has taken advantage of a Justice Department policy that gives companies a path to avoid achievement for unlawfully exporting goods to sanctioned countries, businesses or commodities by clay- reporting them to theU.S. government.
In order to win credit for cooperation, the company must report the alleged misconduct ” prior to an imminent hazard of divulgence or government examen ” and divulge ” all apposite data, ” including the individualisms of any commodities responsible for the crimes.
The Justice Department said SAP cooperated and has before taken line to remediate the problems.
According to prosecutors, the company engaged in thousands of illegal exports of software over at least seven ages.
“ SAP will suffer the penalties for its violations of the
Iran authorizations, but these would have been far worse had they not discovered, cooperated, and remediated. We hope that other businesses, software or otherwise, we heed this assignment, ” said John Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.