Bribery & Corruption

USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding a bribery scheme and in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, a citizen of Panama and Italy, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

British Virgin Islands AG v. Lester Hyman: Claim Form

Claim Form alleging fraud and corruption involving "a project to establish a new direct air service between the BVI and Miami in the United States" in The Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands v. Lester Hyman, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Washington, DC, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding allegations of bribery and fraud activity involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Criminal Information

Criminal Information for Conspiracy to Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and fraud involving entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Natalino D’Amato: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Adriana Henry Meirelles, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção S.A., CNO S.A., and OECI S.A., all of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Budget-Marine N.V. v. Regions Bank: Discovery Application

Application by Budget-Marine N.V., of Sint Maarten, in the Netherlands Antilles, to take discovery from Regions Bank for use in legal proceedings brought by Yacht Chandlers, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Sint Maarten, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte.: $122M Fine

Joint Statement by Singapore's Attorney General, Police Force, and Monetary Authority that they have imposed a fine of $122 million on Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte. "for its role" in bond offerings by 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB.

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.: $1B Penalties Re. 1MDB

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $1.06 billion on The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. regarding "a scheme perpetrated by now former senior employees of Goldman Sachs who authorized and paid bribes and kickbacks to government officials in Malaysia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in order to secure lucrative business for the Company and benefits for themselves" involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB.

USA v. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving Malaysia Development Berhad in USA v. The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding allegations of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving Malaysia Development Berhad in USA v. The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB, in USA v. Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding a conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB, in USA v. Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.: $150M Fine

Consent Order by New York State Department of Financial Services imposing a fine of $150 million on The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for "the fraudulent misappropriation of funds from Malaysia's strategic investment development fund, known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad".

Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC: $350M Fine

Statement of Disciplinary Action by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong imposing a fine of US$350 million on Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC regarding 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB.

Goldman Sachs International: £48M Fine (FCA)

Final Notice imposing a fine of £48 million on Goldman Sachs International regarding a "bribery and misconduct" scheme involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a.k.a. 1MDB.

USA v. Beam Suntory Inc.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving India in USA v. Beam Suntory Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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: 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.

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.

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.: 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. 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. 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. 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. Cary Yan et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Marshall Islands Bribery Scheme’)

Criminal Indictment alleging corruption and money laundering by "agents of a New York-based non-governmental organization" regarding an alleged scheme "to offer and pay bribes to government officials in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to pass certain legislation that would benefit the business interests" of the defendants "and their associates" in USA v. Cary Yan and Gina Zhou at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: The indictment was filed under seal on August 10th, 2020 and unsealed two years later on September 2nd, 2022.

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".

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.

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.

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.