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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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Shiwei Yan
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DOJ Criminal
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October 6, 2015
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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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John W. Ashe, Francis Lorenzo, Ng Lap Seng, Jeff C. Yin, Heidi Hong Piao, Julia Vivi Wang
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2012; 2013; 2014
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Official 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 Barbuda and President of the U.N. General Assembly. Shiwei Yan, a U.S. citizen, is the Chief Executive Officer of an unnamed non-governmental organization (referred to by the DOJ as “NGO-2”), which is based in New York. Heidi Hong Piao, a U.S. citizen, is the finance director of NGO-2.

According to the DOJ, from at least 2012, Ashe allegedly received over $800,000 in bribes facilitated by Yan and Piao from various Chinese businessmen in exchange for Ashe advocating their business interests with the UN and senior Antiguan government officials. According to the DOJ, the then-Prime Minister of Antigua received a portion of these payments.

According to the DOJ, Ashe allegedly also received money in his personal bank accounts, through checks that he wrote himself, disguised as “salary” despite collecting a salary from the government of Antigua. Ashe allegedly used the money for personal expenses, including paying for the mortgage on his house in New York, making lease payments on his BMW, and buying Rolex watches and custom suits.

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced charges against Yan for bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On January, 20, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York filed superseding information charging Yan with only bribery. On January 20, 2016, Yan pleaded guilty to the charge.
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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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Not stated.
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United States
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No
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No