Bribery & Corruption

Goldman Sachs International: £48M Fine (FRP)

Final Notice by the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority imposing a fine of £48.3 million on Goldman Sachs International, described as "an investment banking, securities and investment management firm headquartered in London", regarding allegations of "bribery and misconduct" involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

JBS SA et al: $27M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $27,416,565 on JBS S.A., Joesley Batista, and Wesley Batista, all of Brazil, regarding "a bribery scheme".

USA v. J&F Investimentos SA: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding a "bribery scheme" in USA v. J&F Investimentos SA, of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. J&F Investimentos SA: Criminal Information

Criminal Information under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act alleging bribery in USA v. J&F Investimentos SA, of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Eni SpA v. Poplar Falls, LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Eni S.p.A., of Italy, to take discovery from Poplar Falls, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners I LLC, Drumcliffe Partners II LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III SMA I, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners IV LLC, and Drumcliffe Partners IV SMA1, LLC "for use in civil and criminal actions brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Milan Public Prosecutor, respectively, against Eni in Milan, Italy and an international arbitration claim brought by certain Eni subsidiaries against the FRN" regarding "the 2011 purchase by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell PLC of a Nigerian oil prospecting license known as OPL 245", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. Elliott Broidy: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act regarding lobbying the U.S. Government "to drop or otherwise favorably resolve its matters against Foreign National A for his role in the embezzlement of billions of dollars from 1 Malaysia Development Berhad" and, separately, "to arrange for the removal and return of People's Republic of China National A - a citizen of the PRC living in the United States - all on behalf of Foreign National A" in USA v. Elliott Broidy at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ecuador: Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo, Marina Vedani de la Torre, Juan Xavier Ribas Domenech, Jose Luis Romo Rosales Castillo, Veronica Priscila Haro Herrera, Felipe Moncaleano Botero, CONTROLASEG S.A., a.k.a. Seguros Sucre S.A., and Casa Mobeloft S.A. for suspected money laundering.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Peter Weinzierl et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging the "laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with the scheme to defraud the government of Brazil and to pay bribes to foreign officials" involving Brazilian firm Odebrecht SA and other companies and individuals in Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, and the USA in USA v. Peter Weinzierl and Alexander Waldstein, both Austrian former bankers, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. ‘PetroSaudi v. PDVSA’ Arbitration Funds: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. All Funds Held in Escrow by Clyde & Co. in the United Kingdom as Damages for Restitution in 'PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. v. PDVSA Servicios S.A. et al' UNCITRAL Arbitration at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Greg Lindberg: Criminal Judgment

Judgment in a Criminal Case in USA v. Greg E. Lindberg - Criminal Judgment at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Alonso Ancira Elizondo v. UBS AG: Discovery Application

Application by Alonso Ancira Elizondo, described as "the controlling shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Altos Hornos de México, S.A.B. de C.V. and its subsidiaries", to take discovery from UBS AG for use in "defending against money laundering charges pending against him in Mexico and a related extradition proceeding pending against him in Spain" that Elizondo claims are part of "a carefully orchestrated retaliation campaign by current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador against his political enemies", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding the defendant's "work on behalf of a foreign national and a foreign minister for the purpose of lobbying the Administration of the President of the United States and the United States Department of Justice to drop an investigation into the foreign national and arrange for the removal and return of a separate foreign national to a foreign nation" in USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis at the U. S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.: $67.3M Penalties

Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $67.3 million on Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., described as "a direct selling company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with headquarters in the United States" whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving Herbalife China, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

USA v. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving China in USA v. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., a Cayman Islands company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Heinert: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving Ecuador and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in USA v. Roberto Heinert, a dual citizen of Ecuador and the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Br-Island Responsible Development Ltd. v. Michael Wiener: Discovery Application

Application by Br-Island Responsible Development, Ltd., of the Bahamas, to take discovery from Michael Wiener, described as a resident of Los Angeles County, California, regarding suspected "malfeasance or corruption" for use in a contemplated legal proceeding in the Bahamas involving 4M Harbour Island Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding "a scheme to falsify books and records and provide corrupt payments and benefits to Chinese government officials" in USA v. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BVI v. Lester Hyman: Motion to Amend Relief

Applicant's Motion to Amend Relief regarding an investigation into suspected fraud and corruption in the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands v. Lester S. Hyman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

BVI v. XR Association: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from XR Association, whose CEO was identified as Elizabeth A. Hyman, for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Elizabeth Hyman's father, Lester Hyman, involving suspected fraud and corruption, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis: Criminal Information

Criminal Information regarding the "lobbying of the President of the United States, his Administration and the United States Department of Justice to drop the investigation of Foreign National A for his role in the embezzlement of billions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad" in USA v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis at the U. S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

USA v. Margaret Cole et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving "a criminal scheme to offer and pay bribes to Ugandan judges, Ugandan welfare officers, and other Ugandan officials to corruptly procure adoptions of Ugandan children" in USA v. Margaret Cole, of Ohio; Debra Parris, and Dorah Mirembe, of Uganda, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

USA v. Jose Morely Chocron et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering conspiracy involving "the purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Jose Morely Chocron, Isaac Schachtel, and Alfredo Lichoa at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Andrew Kornecki v. Airbus SE et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption in Andrew J. Kornecki v. Airbus SE, described as a Netherlands-based "multinational aerospace corportion, operating through its Commercial Aircraft, Defense and Space, and Helicopters divisions"; Guillaume M.J.D. Faury, Tom Enders, Dominik Asam, and Harald Wilhelm at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

World Acceptance Corporation: $21.7M Penalty

Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $21.7 million against World Acceptance Corporation, of South Carolina, for "violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" regarding a "bribery scheme" involving "WAC's former wholly-owned subsidiary in Mexico, WAC de Mexico, S.A. de CV".

USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering involving, inter alia, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA; Citgo Petroleum Corporation, and bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland in USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio, described as a citizen of Venezuela and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia"  in USA v. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. River Dee International SA: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Funds associated with Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, a citizen of Malaysia, in the name of River Dee International SA, of the British Virgin Islands, at Falcon Private Bank Ltd., in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol’s ‘Round Jackie’ Portrait: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Portrait Entitled 'Round Jackie' By Andy Warhol, "previously owned" by Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swiss Beatz, a hip hop musician residing in New Jersey, that is "currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup’ Painting et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Painting Entitled 'Colored Campbell's Soup Can (Emerald Green), 1965' by Andy Warhol and One Painting entitled 'Vétheuil au Soleil' by Claude Monet, both "currently located n Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Self-Portrait’ Drawing: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Drawing Entitled 'Self-Portrait' by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "previously owned by Christopher Joey McFarland", a co-producer of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' movie, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Luis Martinelli et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint against the sons of former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli alleging participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht SA and other companies, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Switzerland, in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, described as citizens of Italy and Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Novartis AG: $112M Penalties

Administrative Order imposing penalties against Novartis AG, described as a Switzerland-based "global provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare products", for "improper activities", including "improper payments", "forged contracts", and "false books and records", involving its subsidiaries and affiliates in Greece, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sint Maarten: Edward O’Neal Arrindell

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Federal Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Edward O'Neal Arrindell and others for suspected bribery, forgery, money laundering, and tax fraud, including participation in "a criminal scheme to bribe a Member of the Sint Maarten Parliament".

CITGO Petroleum Corp. v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a conspiracy of illegal bribery and other criminal acts" regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA in CITGO Petroleum Corporation, of Delaware v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp., of Panama, and Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino, described as "a dual United States and Venezuelan citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Germany: Stefan Weiland et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from TXA Florida Holdings LLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Bank of Santa Fe, and Legacy Texas Bank regarding accounts in the names of Sun City Retail LLC, Crystal Springs on the River LLC, SQ Financial LLC, and LVG Investments LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Stefan Johannes Weiland, Helmut Heinrich Alexander Landwehr, and others for fraud and embezzlement.

Nigeria et al v. VR Advisory Services Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to take discovery from VR Advisory Services Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; VR Advisory Services (USA) LLC, VR Capital Group Ltd., of the United Kingdom; VR Global Onshore Fund LP, VR Argentina Recovery Onshore Fund II LP, Richard Deitz, Jeffrey Johnson, and Ashok Raju for use in "criminal investigations and criminal judicial proceedings that are pending in the Federal Republic of Nigeria" regarding "a fraudulent natural gas processing agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nigeria, Jersey, & USA: $311M Repatriation Agreement

News Release, and a copy of a "trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey", by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing the repatriation to Nigeria of $311 million that were allegedly the proceeds of corruption involving General Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Sani Abacha, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, lsmaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Ahmadu Daura, Chief Anthony Ani, David Umaru, Doraville Properties Corporation, Eagle Alliance International Limited, Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited, Mecosta Securities Inc., Morgan Procurement Corporation, Rayville International SA, The Ridley Trust, Ridley Group Limited, and Standard Alliance Financial Services Limited.

USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM et al: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding a scheme to launder the proceeds of bribery and corruption involving soccer's global governing body FIFA in USA v. Bank Hapoalim B.M., of Israel, and Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Vale SA et al v. HFZ Capital Group LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Vale SA, of Brazil; Vale Holdings BV, of the Netherlands, and Vale International SA, of Switzerland, to take discovery from HFZ Capital Group LLC, Ziel Feldman, Helene Feldman, Nir Meir, John Shannon, the Feldman Family 2007 Trust, Kenneth Henderson, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Chatsworth Realty 340 LLC, HFZ 344 West 72nd Street Owner LLC, Chatsworth Realty Corp., 215 Chrystie LLC, HFZ 40 Broad Street LLC, HFZ Highline Property Owner LLC, HFZ Highline Retail Owner LLC, HFZ Highline LLC, HFZ 501 West LLC, 20 West 40 Bryant Park Owner LLC, HFZ Bryant Park Owner LLC, Tarpley Belnord Corp., Perfectus Real Estate Corp., HFZ 235 West 75th Street Owner LLC, HFZ 301 West 53rd Street Owner LLC, HFZ 88 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ 90 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Owner LLC, HFZ West 30th Street Partners LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Mezzanine LLC, 76 Eleventh Avenue Property Owner LLC, Fine Arts NY LLC, RFR Holding LLC, Aby Rosen, R&S Chrysler LLC and RFR Realty LLC for use in legal proceedings in England against Benjamin (Beny) Steinmetz, Dag Lars Cramer, Marcus Struik, Asher Avidan, Joseph Tchelet, David Clark, the Balda Foundation, of Liechtenstein, and Nysco Management Corp., of the British Virgin Islands, alleging the fraudulent inducement of $1.2 billion for "a scheme to illegally gain valuable mining rights through bribery of government officials in the Republic of Guinea", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eni SpA: Penalties

Administrative Order imposing disgorgement and interest totaling $24.5 million against Eni SpA, described as "an Italian multinational oil and gas company", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

1MDB: $300M Repatriation

News Release by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing that "U.S. Repatriates $300 Million to Malaysia in Proceeds of Funds Misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad".

SEC v. Asante Berko: Complaint

Complaint alleging a scheme "to bribe various government officials in the Republic of Ghana" in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Asante K. Berko, described as "a dual United States and Ghanaian citizen who currently resides in Ghana" and "a former executive of a United Kingdom-based financial services company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded bank holding company based in the United States", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Colombia: Reficar SA et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, HSBC, Bank of America, Commerzebank, Credit Agricole, Fifth Third Bank, and BNP Paribas regarding transfers from an account at Bank Mendes Gans NV in the name of CBI Colombiana SA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Colombia - for a criminal investigation into "Reficar S.A. and Colombian public officials for embezzlement by appropriation, improper interest in signing contracts, and illicit enrichment of private individuals".

Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecuador: Marcelo Espin Cunha et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Marcelo Antonio Espin Cunha, Maria Sol Larrea Sanchez, and Carlos Ricardo Espin Cunha for suspected money laundering.