Bribery & Corruption

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.

USA v. Leonardo Santilli: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding the alleged proceeds of bribery and corruption involving Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "Venezuela's state-owned and state-controlled oil company", in USA v. Leonardo Santilli, described as "a Venezuelan and Italian citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Jack Warner et al: Third Superseding Indictment

Third Superseding Indictment adding four new defendants, including former executives of 21st Century Fox, Inc., of the United States, and Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, of Spain, alleging racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, tax fraud, and unlawful procurement of naturalization regarding alleged bribery and corruption involving FIFA and other soccer organizations in USA v. Hugo Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Mariano Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Full Play Group SA, of Uruguay; Hernan Lopez, a citizen of the U.S. and Argentina; Carlos Martinez, a citizen of the U.S. and Mexico; Gerard Romy, a citizen of Spain; Ariel Alvarado, a citizen of Panama; Manuel Burga, a citizen of Peru; Luis Chiriboga, a citizen of Ecuador; Marco Polo Del Nero, a citizen of Brazil; Eduardo Deluca, a citizen of Argentina; Eugenio Figueredo, a citizen of the U.S. and Uruguay; José Luís Meiszner, a citizen of Argentina; Romer Osuna, a citizen of Bolivia; Ricardo Teixeira, a citizen of Brazil; Reynaldo Vasquez, a citizen of El Salvador, and Jack Warner, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Maikel Jose Moreno Perez: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding the proceeds of corruption and involving, inter alia, bank accounts in Austria and Switzerland and companies in Belize and Panama in USA v. Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, described as the "President of the Supreme Tribunal in Venezuela", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah et al: Fifth Superseding Indictment

Fifth Superseding Indictment alleging fraud, money laundering, and other offenses in USA v. Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah, described as "the purported vice president for the Economy of Venezuela"; Joselit Ramirez Camacho, described as "the Superintendent of Cryptocurrencies for Venezuela", and Samark Jose Lopez Bello at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Nicolas Maduro et al: Second Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment alleging narco-terrorism conspiracy, cocaine importation conspiracy, possession of machine guns and destructive devices in USA v. Nicolás Maduro Moros, a former President of Venezuela; Diosado Armando Carvajal Barrios, described as "president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, and a member of the Venezuelan armed forced"; Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, a.k.a. 'El Pollo', described as "the director of Venezuela's military intelligence agency"; Clíver Antonio Alcalá Cordones, described as "a former general in the Venezuelan military"; Luciano Marín Arango, a.k.a. 'Ivan Marquez', described as "a Colombian citizen" and member of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, a.k.a. FARC, and Seuxis Paucis Hernández Solarte, a.k.a. 'Jesús Santrich', described as "a former general in the Venezuelan military", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Heinert: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery involving Ecuador in USA v. Roberto Heinert, described as a dual citizen of Ecuador and the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Jose Morely Chocron et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging "the defendants agreed to launder, through various bank accounts and cash deliveries, the purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Jose Morely Chocron, Isaac Schachtel, Juan Carlos Balaguera Villamizar, Alfredo Lichoa, and Juan Marcos Matos Ruiz at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Greg Lindberg: USA’s Trial Brief

USA's Trial Brief in USA v. Greg E. Lindberg, John D. Gray, and John V. Palermo, Jr. at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

USA v. Juan Ribas Domenech et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to launder the proceeds of bribery involving, inter alia, companies in the Cayman Islands, Panama, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Juan Ribas Domenech, a citizen of Ecuador; Jose Vicente Gomez Aviles, a citizen of Colombia, and Felipe Moncaleano Botero, a citizen of Ecuador, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Sint Maarten: Michael Dijkhoffz et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America regarding Cyprus Enterprises LLC, Global Hardware Resellers LLC, and US Caribbean Export LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Michael Dijkhoffz and others for suspected "money laundering and abuse of power by a civil servant".

Serious Fraud Office v. Airbus SE: Judgment

Judgment approving a Deferred Prosecution Agreement and imposing a "total financial sanction" of €990,963,712 for suspected bribery in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Airbus SE at the Crown Court, in Southwark, England.

Kuwait Ports Authority v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Kuwait Ports Authority to take discovery from Citibank and E-Trade Financial Corporation for use in "impending litigation" in the Cayman Islands regarding "fraud and other wrongdoing related to KPA's investments in and business dealings with: (1) KGL Investment Company KSCC; and (2) the private equity fund, The Port Fund L.P." estimated at "hundreds of millions of dollars", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Leroy King: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement in which the defendant admits receiving $500,000 in bribes and tickets to two Super Bowls to obstruct an SEC investigation into $7 billion investment fraudster Allen Stanford in USA v. Leroy King, a former CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, of Antigua and Barbuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

USA v. Donville Inniss: Finding of Guilt

News Release from the United States Department of Justice announcing that Donville Inniss, described as a "Former Member of Barbados Parliament and Minister of Industry", has been "found guilty" for his role in a bribery scheme that, as previously reported by OffshoreAlert, involved insurers Insurance Corporation of Barbados Ltd., of Barbados, and BF&M Ltd., of Bermuda, which was the majority shareholder of ICBL.

USA v. Lori Loughlin et al: Fourth Superseding Indictment

Fourth Superseding Indictment alleging fraud, bribery, money laundering, and filing a false tax return in USA v. David Sidoo, Gregory Colburn, Amy Colburn, Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, I-Hsin 'Joey' Chen, Mossimo Giannulli, Elizabeth Kimmel, Lori Loughlin, William McGlashan, Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh, and Robert Zangrillo at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Eli Sabag v. Marion County Community Corrections et al: Discovery Application

Application by Israeli national Eli Sabag to take discovery from Marion County Community Corrections and John Deiter for use in "an intended criminal complaint" in the United Kingdom against German national Lars Windhorst for suspected fraud and bribery regarding the sale of Israel's GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. to Track Group Inc., of Illinois, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Editor's Note: This application was filed under seal on December 31st, 2019 and unsealed on February 11th, 2020.

Briton David Rae pleads guilty to money laundering in US

U.K. national David Rae, who was exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2012 for his role in a £100 million investment fraud by Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, has pleaded guilty to money laundering in New Jersey regarding unrelated health care fraud schemes.

Mauricio Mota v. Colorado Investment Holdings LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Mauricio Mota to take discovery from Colorado Investment Holdings LLC, formerly known as Blessed Holdings LLC, for use in legal proceedings in Brazil styled as 'Maurício Jorge Pereira de Mota v. Joesley Mendonça Batista, et al' regarding "a massive and widely-reported corruption and bribery scandal", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. David Rae: Plea Agreement

Change of Plea Minutes and Plea Agreement for money laundering regarding a health care fraud scheme in USA v. David Rae, a citizen of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. David Rae: Forfeiture Judgment

Consent Judgment of Forfeiture and Preliminary Order of Forfeiture regarding, but not limited to, funds at ANZ Bank, in New Zealand, in the name of Sympatic Global Solutions LP and at Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, in Hong Kong, in the name of Cargill Consulting Ltd. in USA v. David Rae, a citizen of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Tim Leissner: Findings & Sanctions

Order Making Findings and Imposing Sanctions, including disgorgement of $43.7 million, against Tim Leissner, a former senior officer with Goldman Sachs, regarding alleged "bribes and kickbacks to government officials in Malaysia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi', before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mauricio Mota v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Mauricio Mota to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Fabio Pegas, Patricia Pratini De Moraes, and Blessed Holdings Inc. regarding several individuals and entities, including those in the Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, and Luxembourg, for use in legal proceedings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, against "Joesley and Wesley Mendonça Batista and their companies, including Brazilian meat-processing conglomerate JBS S.A. and J&F Investimentos S.A., to recover billions of dollars of public funds the Batistas admittedly obtained illicitly as part of a massive and widely-reported corruption and bribery scandal", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ENRC v. Deloitte LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited, of England, to take discovery from Deloitte LLP for use in legal proceedings at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales against its former attorneys, Dechert LLP and David Neil Gerrard, for alleged misconduct, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Brazil: Robert Nahas Naji

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Audi Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Brazil - for a criminal investigation into Robert Nahas Naji for suspected money laundering and corruption regarding Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), its Anti-Trust Agency (CADE), Italian telecommunications provider Telecom Italia Public, and Brasil Telecom.

Durant International Corp. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Matthew Richardson and Kevin Hellard, of Grant Thornton, as the Foreign Representatives of Durant International Corp., Kildare Finance Ltd., and McDoel Investment Limited, which were "controlled and beneficially owned by Paulo Salim Malif", described as a former mayor os São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

ENRC v. Glenn Simpson: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited, of England, to conduct discovery from Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS, for use in legal proceedings at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales against Mark Hollingsworth for "breach of confidence", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

SEC v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson: Complaint

Complaint arising from "violations of the anti-bribery, recordkeeping, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, of Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Poland: Dariusz Hepert et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Dropbox Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Dariusz Hepert, Jarosław Turski, Michał Chmielewski, Tomasz Durzalski, and Paweł Patulski for suspected abuse of public authority, fraud, and money laundering.

SEC v. Jerry Li: Complaint

Complaint alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Securities Exchange Act in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jerry Li, a citizen and resident of China, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Moneyland: How Thieves & Crooks Now Rule The World

In this session, author and journalist Oliver Bullough will discuss the extent of corruption and dishonesty in global business and politics, how the perpetrators are able to get away with it, and its effect on democracy.When he's not investigating and

Inversiones Lugon 48 v. Equinor US Operations LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Inversiones Lugon 48, of Venezuela, to take discovery from Equinor US Operations LLC, described as Texas-based subsidiary of "a publicly traded Norwegian corporation"; Miguel Strauss, and Carlos Izquierdo for use in legal proceedings in Venezuela, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Iraq Telecom Ltd. v. Dechert LLP: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Iraq Telecom Limited to conduct discovery from non-party Dechert LLP for use in a pending arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce and contemplated legal proceedings in the United Kingdom regarding "massive fraud and corruption", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Slovenia: Robert Mravljak et al

Ex Parte Application of the USA - on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia - for an order requiring Facebook Inc. to disclose records for a criminal investigation into Robert Mravljak, former Secretary General of the Police Officers Trade Union of Slovenia, and others for suspected abuse of office and bribery, filed at the at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Jerry Li et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging bribery regarding a Chinese subsidiary of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. in USA v. Yanliang Li, a.k.a. Jerry Li, and Hongwei Yang, a.k.a. Mary Yang, both citizens of China, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Tax Evasion, and Foreign, Conduit, and Other Illegal Campaign Contributions in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Halkbank: Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment regarding a "multi-year scheme ... to violate and evade U.S. national secureity controls against the Government of Iran" in USA v. Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, a.k.a. Halkbank, described as "a Turkish bank majority-owned by the Government of Turkey", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Rishi Gupta v. New Silk Route Advisors LP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "Retaliation in Violation of the Dodd-Frank" in Rishi Gupta, of New York, NY, described as "a SEC Whistleblower" v. New Silk Route Advisors LP, of the Cayman Islands; New Silk Route Partners Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Parag Saxena, of New York, NY; New Silk Route PE Associates LP, of the Cayman Islands; New Silk Route PE Asia Fund-A LP, of the Cayman Islands; New Silk Route Asia Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; New Silk Route Holdings LLC, of Mauritius, as Defendants, and New Silk Route Mauritius Advisors LLC, of Mauritius; Arduino Holdings Limited, of Cyprus; InGain Traders LLC, of Mauritius; South Asia Gastronomy Enterprises LLC, of Mauritius; Orisen MedTech Limited, of Mauritius; A H Holdings (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and A H Holdings Sarl, of Luxembourg, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Nadia Levit: Plea Agreement

Please Agreement in USA v. Nadia Levit, a.k.a. Nadia Yakusheva, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

BVI v. Lester Hyman: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Lester S. Hyman, a Washington, DC-based lawyer "who represented the BVI Government in an attorney-client capacity from 1987 to July 30, 2017, as of which date the BVIG terminated Mr. Hyman", for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Hyman for suspected "fraud at equity, breach of fiduciary care and loyalty, and negligence" regarding a "failed airline venture" to operate direct flights between the BVI and Miami, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Sridhar Thiruvengadam: Findings

Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings and Making Findings regarding evidence that "an Indian government official had made a $2 million bribe demand" against Sridhar Thiruvengadam, a citizen of India, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Odebrecht SA et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Marcelo Rossini, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht S.A., of Brazil; Odebrecht Finance Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos S.A., of Brazil, and ODB International Corporation, of the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador v. WorleyParsons International Inc.: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador - EP PetroEcuador to take discovery from WorleyParsons International Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Ecuador "related to a complex, cross-border illegal bribery and corruption scheme perpetrated against Petroecuador" using "a complex web of offshore shell entities" and accounts, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Panama, and Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

USA moves to bar trial evidence that ‘bribes are a custom’ in Barbados

Former Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss should be precluded from introducing evidence at his upcoming money laundering trial in New York that "bribes are a custom or practice in Barbados", the United States has argued. The alleged scheme involved insurers BF&M, of Bermuda, and Insurance Corporation of Barbados.