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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Does FCPA guilty plea signal new trouble for Citgo?

Last week Dick Cassin reported on the FCPA Blog yet another guilty plea in the ever ongoing PDVSA corruption scandal. As Cassin noted, “Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino (Gonzalez), 49, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, one count of violating the FCPA, and one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts.”

This makes 16 guilty pleas with five individuals who have been indicted and are awaiting trial related to corruption at the Venezuelan national energy concern.… Continue Reading

Businessman admits FCPA offenses in Citgo bribe case

An executive who controlled several U.S.-based companies pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribing officials at subsidiaries of Venezuela’s state energy company.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino (Gonzalez), 49, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, one count of violating the FCPA, and one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts. 

Sentencing is set for August 28.… Continue Reading

Two more guilty pleas in PDVSA bribe case

A Texas-based businessman who paid bribes to win work in Venezuela, and the corrupt official who took the bribes, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston.

Juan Carlos Castillo Rincon (Castillo), 55, of Conroe, Texas, was the former manager of a Houston-based logistics and freight forwarding company.… Continue Reading

Swiss banker admits role in Venezuela money laundering ring

A former Julius Baer Group wealth manager pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a billion-dollar scheme to launder money embezzled from the Venezuela state oil company.

Matthias Krull, 44, a German national and Panama resident, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the DOJ said.… Continue Reading