Samsung America Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to making $10,000 in illegal corporate contributions to Rep. Jay C. Kim's election campaign and paid a $150,000 fine.
That raised to $1 million the amount of fines the government has collected in its prosecution of corporations that illegally funneled money into the Diamond Bar Republican's 1992 race.
In December, Hyundai Motors America paid $600,000 in fines and Korean Airlines paid $250,000 after entering into similar plea agreements with the U.S. attorney's office.
Corporations and foreigners are barred from contributing to federal election campaigns.
In exchange for Samsung America's misdemeanor plea Monday, the federal government agreed to end its investigation of more serious possible crimes, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy and mail fraud, by the company and its employees.