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U.S. v. Universal Leaf Tabacos Ltda.

 
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Universal Corporation - Universal Leaf Tabacos Ltda.
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DOJ Criminal
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August 6, 2010
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U.S. v. Universal Leaf Tabacos Ltda.
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United States v. Universal Leaf Tabacos Ltda., No. 3:10-cr-225 (E.D. Va. Aug. 6, 2010).
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Thailand
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2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004
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Officials of the Thai government-owned tobacco monopoly (The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly)
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Universal Leaf Tabacos, Ltda (“Universal Brazil”), is a wholly-owned Brazilian subsidiary of Universal Corporation (“Universal”), a worldwide purchaser and supplier of processed leaf tobacco incorporated in Virginia and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  According to the criminal information, from at least March 2000 to July 2004, Universal Brazil engaged in a conspiracy with its competitors to secure the assistance of TTM representatives in obtaining and retaining contracts for the sale of Brazilian leaf tobacco; to falsify books, records, and accounts of Universal and Universal Brazil in connection with corrupt payments; and to make the payments appear as legitimate business expenses when, in fact, they were bribes to Thai government officials to ensure that each company would share in the Thai tobacco market.  As part of the conspiracy, Universal Brazil and two subsidiaries of its competitor paid the kickbacks to the TTM officials by adding a specified amount to individual sales prices that would be remitted to their respective sales agents who would then pay the kickbacks directly to the TTM officials.  These kickbacks were falsely categorized as “commissions” or “special expenses.” 
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Anti-bribery (Other Persons), Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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Compliance Monitor, Fine, Plea, Probation, Subject to Non-prosecution Agreement
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4,400,000
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0
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Total Offense Level: 30 (Base Offense Level of 12 plus Specific Offense Characteristic of 2 plus Value of Benefit of 16). Total Culpability Score: 3 (Base Culpability Score of 5 plus Willfulness of 3 minus Cooperation of 5).
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Other Person
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Foreign
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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9,000,000
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Wire/check
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Sales Agent/Consultant, Subsidiary Company
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697,800
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Brazil, Thailand
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Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand
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No