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U.S. v. John W. Ashe, Francis Lorenzo, NG Lap Seng, a/k/a "David Ng," Jeff C. Yin, a/k/a "Yin Chuan," Shiwei Yan, a/k/a "Sheri Yan," and Heidi Hong Piao, a/k/a "Heidi Park"

 
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Francis Lorenzo
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DOJ Criminal
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July 11, 2016
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U.S. v. John W. Ashe, Francis Lorenzo, NG Lap Seng, a/k/a "David Ng," Jeff C. Yin, a/k/a "Yin Chuan," Shiwei Yan, a/k/a "Sheri Yan," and Heidi Hong Piao, a/k/a "Heidi Park"
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U.S. v. John W. Ashe, Francis Lorenzo, NG Lap Seng, a/k/a "David Ng," Jeff C. Yin, a/k/a "Yin Chuan," Shiwei Yan, a/k/a "Sheri Yan," and Heidi Hong Piao, a/k/a "Heidi Park," 1:15-cr- 706-VSB (S.D.N.Y. 2015)
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York elected to charge the defendants under the anti-bribery statute for programs receiving federal funds, rather than the FCPA.
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2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015
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Officials from the United Nations; Antiguan Officials.
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John W. Ashe, a permanent resident of the United States, served as the U.N. Ambassador for Antigua and President of the U.N. General Assembly. Francis Lorenzo, a U.S. citizen, is the Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. for the Dominican Republic.

According to the DOJ, from at least 2011, Ashe solicited and accepted approximately $1 million in bribes while serving as the U.N. Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda and the President of the U.N. General Assembly from various Chinese businessmen in exchange for performing official acts on behalf of the U.N. and Antigua. Lorenzo, along with two other individuals, allegedly facilitated approximately $500,000 of the total $1 million in bribes that Ashe accepted in exchange for Ashe’s support of a U.N.-sponsored conference center in Macau, China.

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced charges against Lorenzo for bribery and bribery conspiracy. On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York filed superseding information, charging Lorenzo with conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery for programs receiving federal funds, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, subscribing to false and fraudulent U.S. income tax returns, and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial records. On March 16, 2016, Lorenzo pleaded guilty to the charges.
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Conspiracy - Money Laundering
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Plea
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Not stated.
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0
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U.S.
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United States
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Legislation
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Not stated.
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Cash, Gifts, Travel
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Customs Broker or 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
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No