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Advertising group WPP to pay $19 mln to settle anti-bribery charges, says U.S. SEC

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The WPP offices in London, Britain. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Sept 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that WPP Plc (WPP.L), the world's largest advertising firm, has agreed to pay more than $19 million to resolve charges, without admitting or denying the regulator's findings.

WPP agreed to cease and desist from committing violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the SEC said. The company will pay $10.1 million in disgorgement, $1.1 million in prejudgment interest, and an $8 million penalty.

Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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