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U.S. v. Patel

 
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Patel, Pankesh
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DOJ Criminal
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December 11, 2009
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U.S. v. Patel
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U.S. v. Patel, No. 09-cr-338 (D.D.C. 2009)
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According to the DOJ, this case (also known as the SHOT-Show case) is part of the largest single investigation and prosecution against individuals in the history of the DOJ's enforcement of the FCPA and the first large-scale use of undercover law enforcement techniques to uncover FCPA violations. Undercover agents posed as representatives of the Minister of Defense of a country in Africa.
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Aerospace/Defense
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2009
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None, undercover agents in an FBI sting.
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Pankesh Patel was managing director of a UK company that acts as a sales agent for for companies in the law enforcement and military product industries. He is one of 22 executives and employees of companies in the military and law enforcement equipment industry indicted for engaging in a scheme to bribe foreign government officials. FBI agents arrested 21 of the defendants in Las Vegas during an industry conference. A business associate facilitated introductions with undercover FBI agents posing as representatives or procurement officers for the Minister of Defense of an unnamed African country.

Patel, along with three other defendants, Andrew Bigelow, John Benson Weir, and Lee Allen Tolleson, went to trial in mid-May, but due to the jury's inability to reach a verdict, a mistrial was declared on July 7, 2011. The second group of defendants (John Mushriqui, Jeana Mushriqui, R. Patrick Caldwell, Stephen Giordanella, John Godsey and Marc Morales) went to trial on September 28, 2011. In December 2011, the judge dismissed the conspiracy charges against the second group of defendants, and thus completely exonerated Giordanella. On January 30, 2012, the jury found Godsey and Caldwell not guilty. On January 31, 2012, a mistrial was declared as to the rest of the defendants in the second group.

On February 21, 2012, Judge Richard Leon dismissed the entire case, after the government asked him to dismiss the case with prejudice.

Meanwhile, four defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the FCPA: Richard Bistrong on September 16, 2010, Daniel Alvirez, on March 11, 2011, Jonathan Spiller on March 29, 2011, and Haim Geri on April 28, 2011. None of these defendants have yet been sentenced.
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Aiding and abetting anti-bribery, Anti-bribery (Other Persons), Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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Conspiracy - Money Laundering
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Dismissal
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Not stated.
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0
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Other Person
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Director
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Foreign
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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15,000,000
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Wire/check
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Sales Agent/Consultant
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Not stated.
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United States
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United States
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No