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U.S. v. Jose Luis Ramos-Castillo

 
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Jose Luis Ramos-Castillo
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DOJ Criminal
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November 24, 2015
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U.S. v. Jose Luis Ramos-Castillo
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U.S. v. Jose Luis Ramos-Castillo, No. 4:15-00636 (S.D. Tex. 2015).
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Ramos, a "foreign official" as defined by the FCPA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the DOJ's case against Roberto Enrique Rincon Fernandez, Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, Moises Abraham Millan Escobar for violations of the FCPA.
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Utilities-Oil
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Venezuela
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2009; 2010; 2011; 2012
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Officials from the Venezuelan state owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PDVSA”).
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Jose Luis Ramos-Castillo is a Venezuelan national that resided in Texas and was employed by PDVSA. According to the DOJ, among Ramos’ job responsibilities was the selection of companies for bidding panels, which allowed those companies to submit bids on individual PDVSA projects, and the selection of winning companies through the bid process.

The DOJ claims that Ramos accepted bribes from two Texas-based businessmen, Roberto Enrique Rincon Fernandez and Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, and Shiera’ colleague, Moises Abraham Millan Escobar, in exchange for assisting Rincon and Shiera win lucrative oil services contracts from PDVSA.

On November 24, 2015, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas charged Ramos with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges were unsealed in March 2016 after Ramos pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2015.
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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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Foreign
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Venezuela
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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Not stated.
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Cash
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Not stated.
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Venezuela
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No
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No