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U.S. v. Christian Javier Maldonado-Barillas

 
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Christian Javier Maldonado-Barillas
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DOJ Criminal
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November 24, 2015
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U.S. v. Christian Javier Maldonado-Barillas
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U.S. v. Christian Javier Maldonado-Barillas, No. 4:15-00635 (S.D. Tex. 2015).
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Maldonado, 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 company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. ("PDVSA").
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Christian Javier Maldonado-Barillas is a Venezuelan national that resided in Texas and was employed by PDVSA. According to the DOJ, among Maldonado’s 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. In addition, Maldonado served as the purchasing analyst in connection with the award of a series of contracts in 2010 to purchase power generation equipment worth over $700 million in response to an electrical emergency in Venezuela.

The DOJ claims that Maldonado 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 Maldonado with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges were unsealed in March 2016 after Maldonado 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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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
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Not stated.
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No
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No