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Enforcement Action Dataset

 

Initiation Date:    03/16/2016  Information

Prosecuting Agency:    US Department of Justice

Name of Prosecuting Attorneys:   

  • Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney
  • Sandra L. Moser, Acting Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Daniel C. Richenthal, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Janis M. Echenberg, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Rahul Mukhi, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Douglas S. Zolkind, Assistant United States Attorney
  • David Last, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division

Assisting Agencies:    Unknown

Type of Action:    DOJ Criminal Proceeding

Docket or Case Number:    16-cr-00495

Court:    S.D. New York

Origin of the Proceeding:    Unknown

Whistleblower:    Unknown

Case Status:    Ongoing


Summary  Information

Julia Vivi Wang was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in China. Starting in at least 2010, she served as the Vice President at South-South News and the International Organization for South-South Cooperation, both NGOs with the stated missions of advancing United Nations' development goals and promoting sustainable development.

According to the complaint filed in this case, from about 2012 through 2015, the Amabassador to the U.N. for Antigua, John Ashe, participated in a wide-ranging scheme of international bribery, money laundering, and tax evasion in which he solicited and received payments and other things of value from Chinese businesspeople in return for official action. These payments were facilitated by, among others, Francis Lorenzo, the then-deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. for the Dominican Republic. As part of this scheme, Wang agreed to pay and did pay a bribe of $500,000 to Ashe in exchange for Antiguan diplomatic positions for her late husband and another Chinese businessman.

On March 16, 2016, the DOJ filed a two count complaint in the Southern District of New York against Wang alleging money laundering violations. On July 21, 2016, an updated information was filed alleging the same counts. On April 4, 2018, the DOJ filed a three count superseding information against Wang, this time alleging conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA, direct violations of the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA, and filing fale income tax returns. On the same date, Wang agreed to plead guilty to the charges in the superseding information. Any plea agreement between Wang and the DOJ was not filed in the docket at the time. Wang is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, 2019.

Ashe and Lorenzo, along with several other defendants, were prosecuted by the DOJ in a related proceeding initiated in October 2015. Ashe died in an accident in his home on June 22, 2016, so the charges against him were dismissed. Lorenzo pled guilty to the charges against him on April 27, 2017. He is awaiting sentencing.

Country(ies) involved:    Antigua and Barbuda

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Sanction to Bribe Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Revenue Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Profit Ratio:    Not Applicable

FCPA Matter Name:   Wang's Involvement with the U.N. between 2012 and 2015 Information

Number of Related Enforcement Actions (Including This Enforcement Action):    1

Country(ies) involved:    Antigua and Barbuda

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Total $ Bribery Payments:    $500,000

Total $ Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total $ Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Total $ Monetary Sanctions (U.S. Sanctions Only):    $0

Sanction to Bribe Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Revenue Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Profit Ratio:    Not Applicable

Name:    Julia Vivi Wang

Employers & Positions:    South-South News - Vice President ; International Organization for South-South Cooperation - Vice President

Country:    United States

FCPA Claims:    Anti-Bribery, Conspiracy (18 U.S.C. 371) ; Anti-Bribery, Primary, Domestic Concern (15 U.S.C. § 78dd-2) ; Anti-Bribery, Aiding and Abetting/Causing (18 U.S.C. § 2, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, 78dd-2, and/or 78dd-3)

Related Claims:    Conspiracy to Launder Money (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956, 1957) ; Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1956) ; Criminal Forfeiture (18 U.S.C. § 982) ; Criminal Forfeiture (28 U.S.C. § 2461; 18 U.S.C. § 981) ; Criminal Forfeiture (21 U.S.C. § 853) ; Filing False Income Tax Returns (26 U.S.C. § 7206)

Statutory Basis for FCPA Jurisdiction:    Domestic Concern ; Domestic Concern (Officer) ; Domestic Concern (Director) ; Domestic Concern (Employee) ; Domestic Concern (Agent) ; Domestic Concern (Stockholder) ; Conspirator ; Aider & Abettor/Cause/Control Person

Period of Bribery:   2012 - 2015

Total Bribery Payments:    $500,000

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Antigua and Barbuda

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization): 

  • John Ashe; Ambassador to the U.N.; Antiguan government

Affiliates, Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures Involved in the Misconduct:    None/Unknown

Third-Party Intermediary:    None/Unknown

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Wire Transfer

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

TRANSACTION OVERVIEW
Bribes to Antiguan Ambassador

Period of Bribery:   2012 – 2015

Total Bribery Payments:    $500,000

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Antigua and Barbuda

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization):  

  • John Ashe; Ambassador to the U.N.; Antiguan government;

Affiliates, Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures Involved in the Misconduct:    None/Unknown

Third Party Intermediary:    None/Unknown

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Wire Transfer

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

Not Applicable

Mitigating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Cooperation
Julia Vivi Wang  

Aggravating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Insufficient Cooperation
Julia Vivi Wang  

Total Monetary Sanctions for the Action:    $0

Case Status:    Ongoing


Disposition:    Plea Agreement (Sanctions Undetermined)

Date of Disposition:    04/04/2018

Julia Vivi Wang

—  Total Monetary Sanctions for Defendant:    $

—  Imprisonment/Incarceration:    None

—  Probation/Supervised Release:    None

—  House Arrest:    None

—  Community Service:    None

—  Admission of Guilt/Acceptance of Responsibility:    Yes

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