Tonia Tornatore

Tonia Tornatore works as an attorney at the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in Washington, DC.

Tornatore was formerly a lawyer in the DOJ’s commercial litigation branch of the civil division in Washington, DC. A 1990 graduate of James Madison University, she received her law degree from Duquesne University.

She formerly worked in the SEC's office of international affairs, bridging communications between lawyers at the regulator and foreign securities enforcers. Tornatore passed the bar in Pennsylvania and Maryland in 1998.

While at the SEC, she has worked on the investigation of ABB, a Swiss engineering company that agreed to pay US$39.3 million in 2010 to settle charges that it had violated the FCPA by using subsidiaries to bribe Mexican officials for business with a government-owned power company, and to pay kickbacks to Iraq under the United Nations oil-for-food programme.

Tornatore represented the SEC in its February 2016 settlement with Amsterdam-based telecommunications company Vimpelcom. The company paid US$167.5 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to the SEC, as well as a US$230.1 million criminal penalty to the DOJ and US$397.5 million to Dutch prosecutors.

According to the SEC, Vimpelcom, one of the largest telecommunications company in the world, and its wholly- owned subsidiary in Uzbekistan paid US$114 million in bribes to an Uzbek government official between 2006 and 2012.

 

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