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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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John W. Ashe
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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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The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York elected to charge the defendants under the anti-bribery statute for programs receiving federal funds rather than the FCPA.
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2013; 2014
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U.N. Official, 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 UN General Assembly. Francis Lorenzo, a US citizen, is the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN for the Dominican Republic. Ng Lap Seng, a Chinese citizen, is the head of a major real estate development company in Macau (the “Macau Real Estate Development Company”) and founder of an unnamed non-governmental organization (“NGO-1”). Jeff C. Yin, a US citizen, is the principal assistant to Ng and assistant to the general manager of NGO-1. Shiwei Yan, a U.S. citizen, is the Chief Executive Officer of another unnamed non-governmental organization (“NGO-2”), which is based in New York. Heidi Hong Piao, a US citizen, is the finance director of NGO-2.

According to the DOJ, from at least 2011, Ashe solicited and accepted bribes when he served as the U.N. Ambassador for Antigua and the President of the U.N. General Assembly from various Chinese businessmen in exchange for performing official acts for those individuals on behalf of the U.N. and Antigua. The DOJ alleges that Lorenzo, Ng, Yin, Yan, and Piao facilitated over $1 million to Ashe.

Ashe allegedly accepted $500,000 in bribes facilitated by Lorenzo and Yin from Ng in exchange for submitting a UN document to the UN Secretary General, which claimed a need for a UN Macau Conference Center, which Ng sought to build. 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, Ashe received bribes in various forms, including family vacations and the construction of a private basketball court at his home in New York. 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. According to the DOJ, during this time, Ashe failed to properly report the bribes to the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1.2 million in 2013 and 2014.

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced charges against Ashe for tax fraud for failure to report or pay income taxes in connection with the alleged bribery scheme. On June 23, 2016, Ashe died awaiting trial.
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Tax
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Not stated.
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0
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Foreign
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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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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United States
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No
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No