9/12/13 3:03 PMChevron Paid $2.2 Million to Man Who Threatened To Expose Company's Corruption in Ecuador | Business Civic Leadership CenterPage 2 of 5http://bclc.uschamber.com/csr-news/chevron-paid-22-million-man-who-threatened-expose-companys-corruption-ecuador
also given a job by the company the nature of which remains undisclosed, according totheevidence.Chevron disclosed during discovery in a related litigation in New York that it had paid thefunds to Borja as of September of 2011, the point when a trial the oil giant initiated toblock enforcement of the $18 billion Ecuador judgment was stayed by a federal appellatecourt. A separate discovery proceeding against Chevron underway in federal court in SanFrancisco could lead to the disclosure of additional documents implicating the oil giant inan attempt to undermine the court proceedings and cover up Borja's "dirty tricks"activities, said Karen Hinton, the U.S. spokesperson for the Ecuadorians."The exorbitant amounts of money paid by Chevron to a low-level Ecuadorian worker isclearly hush money designed to buy silence from a man who can expose the company'scorruption," said Hinton, noting that Chevron has spent huge legal fees on three differentlaw firms in an attempt to prevent further disclosure of Borja's documents.The payments to Borja and his wife include regular monthly fees of $5,000 to $10,000;fund for housing and the purchase of furniture, appliances, cell phones, travel, legal fees,and even the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars of income taxes.Chevron also paid the fees of prominent California criminal defense attorney Cris Arguedes to represent Borja, who facespotential criminal liabilityfor his trial-relatedactivities in Ecuador. Arguedes is expected to represent Borja as a likely witness invarious legal fora as the case proceeds.In the San Francisco discovery proceeding, Chevron has used three large corporate lawfirms -- including Jones Day and Boies Schiller -- to fight further disclosure of Borja'sdocuments. These include the contents of an IPhone that Borja says could destroyChevron's legal defense in the Ecuador case. A ruling on that discovery request,currently before Magistrate Judge Nathaniel Cousins, has been pending for months. Another set of documents, ordered released by a federal court in Colorado, disclosedthat Chevron used a secret “Judicial Inspection Playbook” to execute a plan to hidecontamination from the Ecuador court. Seehereandhere.
Details about Chevron’s relationship and involvement with Borja and his partner WayneHanson, a convicted American drug trafficker, have leaked as findings from privateinvestigations and court documents have been released over the last year. Seehereandhere.Some of the more salient facts that have been made public include:Chevron made several material misrepresentations when the videotape scandalbroke in August 2009. The most blatant was the company's description of Borja asa "Good Samaritan" when in fact he was a paid “dirty tricks” operative workingunder the direction of Chevron lawyers.