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U.S. v. Juan Jose Hernandez-Comerma

 
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Juan Jose Hernandez-Comerma
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DOJ Criminal
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January 4, 2017
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U.S. v. Juan Jose Hernandez-Comerma
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U.S. v. Hernanez-Comerma, No. 4:17-cr-00005 (S.D. Tex. 2017).
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Utilities-Oil
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Venezuela
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2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012
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Alfonso Eliezer Gravina Munoz, a purchasing manager employed at the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, PDVSA; An unnamed employee of PDVSA.
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Juan Jose Hernandez-Comerma is a permanent resident of the U.S. living in Florida. Hernandez was a business partner of Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, the owner of a number of U.S.-based energy companies that supplied equipment and services to PDVSA. Hernandez also worked closely with Roberto Enrique Rincon Fernandez, the owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies that supplied equipment and services to PDVSA, and Moises Abraham Millan Escobar. Rincon worked with Shiera on a number of PDVSA contracts and bids, and Millian worked as an independent contractor for Shiera. Shiera, Rincon, and Millian were each charged with violations of the FCPA in 2015 and 2016.

According to the DOJ, Hernandez, alongside Rincon, Shiera, and Millian, engaged in a conspiracy to pay bribes to PDVSA officials, including Gravina, in order to obtain and retain business for Shiera’s and Rincon’s businesses. Specifically, Hernandez, Rincon, Shiera, and Millan are accused of paying bribes to the PDVSA officials based on a percentage of any contracts the PDVSA officials helped to award Shiera’s and Rincon’s companies.

On January 10, 2017, the DOJ announced that Hernandez had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and on substantive violation of the FCPA.
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Anti-bribery (Domestic Concern), Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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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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Contract Procurement/Retention
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Not stated.
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Cash, Entertainment, Wire/check
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33,123
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Venezuela
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No
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No