Tagged: Petroecuador

Gunvor Group Former Employee Pleads Guilty to FCPA Scheme to Pay Bribes to Ecuadoran Government Officials

Raymond Kohut, a 68-year old Canadian citizen, a former employee of Swiss commodities trader, Gunvor Group, Ltd., pleaded guilty to paying $22 million in bribes to Ecuadoran government officials at state-owned oil company, PetroEcuador. Kohut pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy before a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, the Eastern District of New York.  Kohut agreed to forfeit $2.2 million. Gunvor...

Episode 163 — Review of Recent FCPA Cases Involving Petroecuador

In two recent FCPA enforcement actions, the Justice Department focused on bribery schemes involving Petroecuador government officials.  Petroecuador is the state-owned oil and gas company in Ecuador. In the first, DOJ announced an indictment against Javier Aguilar, an oil trader at Vitol, an energy and commodity trading company, for his role in a five-year international bribery and money laundering scheme carried out in Ecuador. In the...

Sargeant Marine Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charges and Agrees to Pay $16.6 Million

The Justice Department announced a guilty plea to FCPA charges by Sargeant Marine, Inc., a privately-owned company, based in Boca Raton, Florida.  Sargeant Marine, an asphalt company, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA and agreed to pay a fine of $16.6 million for bribery schemes in Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador.  Between 2010 and 2018, Sargeant Marine...

Justice Department Indicts Vitol Oil Trader in International Bribery and Money Laundering Conspiracy for Corrupt Payments to Ecuadoran Officials

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned an indictment against Javier Aguilar, an oil trader at Vitol, an energy and commodity trading company, for his role in a five-year international bribery and money laundering scheme carried out in Ecuador. Between approximately 2015 and July 2020, Aguilar and others participated in a conspiracy to pay and conceal bribes to Ecuadoran government...