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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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Firtash, Dmitry
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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. Court documents also charge a sitting member of the Indian parliament for violations of other federal criminal laws. 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 Dmitry Firtash, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest men, and five other defendants were unsealed for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to pay 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. Court documents provide that Firtash and others specifically arranged for the sale of the titanium products to an unnamed company (“Company A”) headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

It is alleged that Firtash directed the scheme by way of the international conglomerate, DF Group, which he controlled. Among these entitles were Ostchem Holding AG (“Ostchem”), an Austrian company engaged in the business of mineral and mining; Global Energy Mining and Mineral Limited (“Global Energy”), a Hungarian company; and Bothli Trade AG (“Bothli”), a Swiss company that was controlled by Global Energy. The Indictment states that in April 2006, Bothli entered into a joint-venture agreement with the state government of Andhra Pradesh to mine various titanium-based minerals (the “Project”). Thereafter, in February 2007, Company A entered into an agreement with Ostchem, by and through Bothli, that would eventually allow five to twelve million pounds of titanium sponge to be transferred from the Project to Company A.

According to court documents, Firtash, regularly met with Indian officials, including the Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (since deceased) as well as the co-defendant and legislator, K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, to secure the relevant mineral licenses. It is alleged that between 2006 and 2010, Firtash authorized the payment of at least $18.5 million in bribes to state and central government official in India. The Indictment lists 57 different transfers of funds between various entities, some controlled by DF Group, totaling approximately $10.59 million.

The Indictment against Firtash and his co-defendants was filed on June 20, 2013. Firtash was arrested on March 14, 2014, in Vienna, Austria and was released on bail on March 21, 2014. Extradition proceedings are currently taking place in Austria.

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Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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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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Other Person
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Shareholder
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Foreign
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Ukraine
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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