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United States v. Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda & Jose Larrea (S.D. Fla. 2018)
United States v. Arturo Escobar Dominguez (S.D. Fla. 2018)
United States v. Marcelo Reyes Lopez (S.D. Fla. 2017)


Case Details
  • Case Name
  • United States v. Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda & Jose Larrea (S.D. Fla. 2018)
    United States v. Arturo Escobar Dominguez (S.D. Fla. 2018)
    United States v. Marcelo Reyes Lopez (S.D. Fla. 2017)
  • Date Filed
  • 04/20/2018
  • Enforcement Agency
  • DOJ
  • Countries
  • Ecuador
  • Foreign Official
  • Government officials working for PetroEcuador.
  • Date of Conduct
  • 2012 to 2018
  • Nature of Business
  • Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda is a dual U.S. and Ecuadorian citizen. Jose Larrea, a U.S. citizen, was a U.S.-based financial advisor.
     
    Arturo Escobar Dominguez, an Ecuadorian citizen, was a former business management coordinator at Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador (“PetroEcuador”), Ecuador’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company.
     
    Marcelo Reyes Lopez, an Ecuadorian citizen, was a former in-house attorney and general coordinator of contracts for refining management at PetroEcuador.
     
    Galileo was an Ecuadorian company that provided services in the oil and gas industry.
  • Influence to be Obtained
  • According to the DOJ, Ripalda and his co-conspirators made corrupt payments to PetroEcuador officials to retain and obtain contracts for Galileo. Ripalda and Larrea were involved in a money laundering scheme to conceal the payments.
     
    Ripalda allegedly set up a Panamanian shell company, Denfield Investments, to funnel bribe payments, and helped two PetroEcuador officials set up offshore shell corporations and Swiss bank accounts to conceal payments. Larrea wired more than $1 million from his own U.S.-based bank account to several other U.S.-based bank accounts to conceal payments. Larrea also created false and back-dated documents on behalf of Galileo.
     
    The DOJ alleges that Dominguez and Lopez laundered the proceeds from bribe payments.
  • Enforcement
  • On April 20, 2018, the DOJ charged Ripalda and Larrea with one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA, one count of violating the FCPA, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering.
     
    On September 11, 2018, Larrea pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and agreed to forfeit $53,781. On November 27, 2018, Larrea was sentenced to twenty-seven months in prison and two years of supervised release. Ripalda pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set for February 19, 2019.
     
    On February 20, 2018, the DOJ charged Dominguez with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. On March 28, 2018, Dominguez pleaded guilty. On June 6, 2018, Dominguez was sentenced to 48 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
     
    On October 24, 2017, the DOJ charged Lopez with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. On April 10, 2018, Lopez pleaded guilty. On July 23, 2018, Lopez was sentenced to 53 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and fined $30,000.
  • Amount of the Value
  • $3,270,980.
  • Amount of Business Related to Payment
  • Approximately $27.8 million.
  • Intermediary
  • Shell Company.
  • Compliance Monitor
  • No
  • Reporting Requirements
  • No
  • Case is Pending?
  • Yes
  • Industries
  • Energy
  • Regions
  • Latin Amer. & Carib
Defendants

Frank Roberto Chatburn Ripalda

  • Citation
  • United States v. Ripalda et al., No. 1:18-cr-20312 (S.D. Fla. 2018)
  • Date Filed
  • 04/20/2018
  • Filed Under Seal
  • No
  • FCPA Statutory Provision
    • Anti-Bribery
    • Conspiracy
    • Conspiracy: Anti-Bribery
  • Other Statutory Provision
  • Conspiracy (Money Laundering); Money Laundering.
  • Disposition
  • Pending, Pending
  • Defendant Jurisdictional Basis
  • Domestic Concern
  • Defendant's Citizenship
  • United States
  • Individual Sanction
  • Pending. 

Jose Larrea

  • Citation
  • United States v. Ripalda et al., No. 1:18-cr-20312 (S.D. Fla. 2018)
  • Date Filed
  • 04/20/2018
  • Filed Under Seal
  • No
  • FCPA Statutory Provision
    • Conspiracy
    • Conspiracy: Anti-Bribery
  • Other Statutory Provision
  • Conspiracy (Money Laundering).
  • Disposition
  • Plea Agreement, Plea Agreement
  • Defendant Jurisdictional Basis
  • Domestic Concern
  • Defendant's Citizenship
  • United States
  • Individual Sanction
  • 27-Months Imprisonment; $53,780.70 Criminal Forfeiture.

Arturo Escobar Dominguez

  • Citation
  • United States v. Dominguez, No. 1:18-cr-20108 (S.D. Fla. 2018)
  • Date Filed
  • 02/20/2018
  • Filed Under Seal
  • No
  • FCPA Statutory Provision
    • Conspiracy
    • Conspiracy: Anti-Bribery
  • Other Statutory Provision
  • Conspiracy (Money Laundering).
  • Disposition
  • Plea Agreement, Plea Agreement
  • Defendant Jurisdictional Basis
  • Domestic Concern
  • Defendant's Citizenship
  • Ecuador
  • Individual Sanction
  • 48-Months Imprisonment.

Marcelo Reyes Lopez

  • Citation
  • United States v. Lopez, No. 1:17-cr-20747 (S.D. Fla. 2017)
  • Date Filed
  • 10/24/2017
  • Filed Under Seal
  • No
  • FCPA Statutory Provision
    • Conspiracy
    • Conspiracy: Anti-Bribery
  • Other Statutory Provision
  • Conspiracy (Money Laundering).
  • Disposition
  • Plea Agreement, Plea Agreement
  • Defendant Jurisdictional Basis
  • Domestic Concern
  • Defendant's Citizenship
  • Ecuador
  • Individual Sanction
  • 53-Months Imprisonment; $30,000 Criminal Fine.
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