U.S. v. Vadim Mikerin, 8:14-cr-00529 (D. Md. 2014).
Mikerin was nor charged with violating the FCPA but was a "foreign official" who allegedly recieved corrupt payments from Daren Condrey, leading the Department of Justice to charge Daren Condrey with conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Another individual (known to be Boris Rubizhevsky according to other court filings and press releases by the DOJ) was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering (not to violate the FCPA) for corrupt payments made to Mikerin.
Vadim Mikerin was a director of the Pan American Department of JSC Techsnabexport (“Tenex”) from approximately 2004 until October 2010 and President of a wholly owned US subsidiary of Tenex known as Tenam Corporation from October 2010 to October 2014. Tenex was indirectly owned and controlled by the Russian Government. Both Tenex and Tenam were uranium suppliers and uranium enrichment service providers for nuclear power companies worldwide and in the US, respectively. The DOJ alleges that Tenex and Tenam were government instrumentalities as defined by the FCPA and that therefore, Mikerin constituted a “foreign official.” Mikerin was a Russian citizen and resident of Maryland.
According to the Government, Mikerin conspired with a series of other individuals to secure bribe payments for his and others’ benefit in exchange for awarding business to a series of service providers connected to Tenex and Tenam. For example, in one instance, the DOJ alleges that Mikerin caused a director of a transportation company located in Maryland (known to be Daren Condrey according to court filings and press releases by the DOJ), to wire thousands of dollars in alleged kickbacks to bank accounts in Latvia, Cyprus, and Switzerland for Mikerin’s benefit. In another instance, the DOJ claims that Mikerin entered into consulting agreements with a co-conspirator (known to be Boris Rubizhevsky according to other court filings and press releases by the DOJ), whereby the co-conspirator agreed to serve as an intermediary for bribes from an Ohio based company that manufactures tanks and vessels oil and gas, nuclear, and marine markets to Mikerin.
On August 31, 2015, the DOJ announced that it had entered into a plea agreement with Mikerin where Mikerin agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering with the intention of furthering FCPA violations. In two separate criminal actions, two of Mikerin’s alleged co-conspirators (Daren Condrey and Boris Rubizhevsky) were also charged and pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to the scheme.