(Bloomberg) -- Glencore Plc was ordered to pay just over $40 million to OMV Petrom SA by a U.K. court for fraudulently shipping oil of a lower-than-purported quality to Romania in the 1990s. Marc Rich & Co., later to become Glencore International AG, sold about 32 shipments to Romanian state firms from 1993 to 1996 made up of cheaper crude blends than agreed, and falsified documents, Julian Flaux, the judge in the London court, said in his ruling on Friday. It profited by about $40.1 million from the “deceit,” he said. Glencore will appeal the ruling.
The case is: SC Petrom SA v. Glencore U.K. Ltd. & 3 Ors, High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, 08-417