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U.S. v. Dmitry Firtash, also known as “Dmytro Firtash” and “DF,” Andras Knopp, Suren Gevorgyan, Gajendra Lal, also known as “Gaj,” Periyasamy Sunderalingam, also known as “Sunder,” K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, as known as “KVP” and “Dr. K

 
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Rao, K.V.P. Ramachandra
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DOJ Criminal
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June 20, 2013
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U.S. v. Dmitry Firtash, also known as “Dmytro Firtash” and “DF,” Andras Knopp, Suren Gevorgyan, Gajendra Lal, also known as “Gaj,” Periyasamy Sunderalingam, also known as “Sunder,” K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, as known as “KVP” and “Dr. K
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U.S. v. Firtash, et al., No. 13-cr-515 (N.D. Ill. 2013)
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The bribery scheme involves the payment of approximately $18.5 million in bribes by one the Ukraine’s wealthiest men (Dmitry Firtash). Court documents also charge a sitting member of the Indian parliament for violations of other federal criminal laws (K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao). Each of the six defendants is a foreign national and the majority of the scheme took place outside of the U.S.
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Minerals-Mining
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India
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2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010
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Indian state legislators and other state officials, including the Chief Minister of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh and a sitting member of the Indian parliament.
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On April 2, 2014 charges against K.V.P Ramachandra Rao, an Indian national and member of the Indian parliament, for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to pay approximately $18.5 million in bribes to Indian state officials in exchange for mining licenses. The licenses would be used to develop a lucrative mining project that was expected to generate $500 million in annual sales of titanium products.

According to the Indictment, Rao was a close advisor to the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (deceased). Rao is alleged to have used his position to solicit and funnel bribes to other Indian officials in exchange for ensuring the approval of mining licenses. Specifically, the Indictment states that Rao met with his codefendant, Periyasamy Sunderalingam, to arrange the bribe payments. Court documents state that Sunderalingam subsequently reported the results of his meeting with Rao to the leaders of the scheme, Dmitry Firtash and Andras Knopp.

The indictment does not charge Rao with an FCPA related violation but instead alleges that Rao violated the Travel Act, RICO, and federal money laundering statutes. The Indictment against Rao and his codefendants was filed on June 20, 2013. To date, Rao remains at large.
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Money Laundering, RICO, Travel Act
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The Indictment seeks the seizure of 41 different foreign bank accounts and the forfeiture of $10.59 million from the six defendants.
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10,590,000
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0
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Agent/Intermediary
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Foreign
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India
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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Not stated.
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Wire/check
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Direct
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18,500,000
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India
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Cyprus, Seychelles, Switzerland
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No
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No