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Enforcement Action Dataset

 

Initiation Date:    10/12/2018  Information

Prosecuting Agency:    US Department of Justice

Name of Prosecuting Attorneys:   

  • Ryan K. Patrick, United States Attorney
  • John P. Pearson, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Robert Johnson, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Sandra L. Moser, Acting Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Sarah E. Edwards, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Jeremy R. Sanders, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division

Assisting Agencies:    U.S. Department of Homeland Security , Cayman Islands' Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions , Cayman Islands Mutual Legal Assistance Authority

Type of Action:    DOJ Criminal Proceeding

Docket or Case Number:    18-cr-00611

Court:    S.D. Texas

Origin of the Proceeding:    Unknown

Whistleblower:    Unknown

Case Status:    Ongoing


Summary  Information

Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. ("PDVSA") was the Venezuelan state-owned and state-controlled oil company. PDVSA Services, Inc. ("PSI") was a wholly-owned procurement subsidiary of PDVSA based in Houston, Texas.

Ivan Alexis Guedez, a U.S. citizen and resident of Texas, was employed by PDVSA from around 2006 to 2011. During that time, Guedez worked in a variety of procurement positions, including as the purchasing manager for PSI.

According the information filed in this case, from 2009 to 2013, Guedez was part of a conspiracy with several others to pay bribes to officials at PDVSA, including Guedez, in order to obtain improper advantage for an undisclosed company, purportedly a Miami-based supllied of industrial equipment. The conspiracy operated through PDVSA's purchase contracts with the company, and the conspirators agreed that 3% of every payment made by PDVSA to the company would be split as bribe payments among them.

On October 12, 2018, the DOJ filed a single count information in the Southern District of Texas against Guedez alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to a DOJ press release on October 30, 2018, Guedez agreed to plead guilty to the charge, but the details of the plea agreement are unknown because it remains under seal. Guedez is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30, 2019.

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

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:   Multiple Parties' Involvement with PDVSA in Venezuela between 2008 and 2017 Information

Number of Related Enforcement Actions (Including This Enforcement Action):    16

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Total $ Bribery Payments:    Unknown

Total $ Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total $ Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Total $ Monetary Sanctions (U.S. Sanctions Only):    $37,516,843

Sanction to Bribe Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Revenue Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Profit Ratio:    Not Applicable

Name:    Ivan Alexis Guedez

Employers & Positions:    PDVSA Services, Inc. - Purchasing Manager

Country:    United States

FCPA Claims:    None

Related Claims:    Conspiracy to Launder Money (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956, 1957) ; Criminal Forfeiture (18 U.S.C. § 982)

Statutory Basis for FCPA Jurisdiction:    Not Applicable

Name:    PDVSA Services, Inc.

Entity Type:    Affiliate

Place of Incorporation:    United States

HQ Country(ies):    United States

Industry:   

Period of Bribery:   2009 - 2013

Total Bribery Payments:    $145,098

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization): 

  • Ivan Alexis GUedez; Purchasing Manager; PDVSA Services Inc.

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

Third-Party Intermediary:    None/Unknown

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Not Available

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

TRANSACTION OVERVIEW
Payments split by co-conspirators

Period of Bribery:   2009 – 2013

Total Bribery Payments:    $145,098

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    Unknown

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization):  

  • Ivan Alexis GUedez; Purchasing Manager; PDVSA Services Inc.;

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

Third Party Intermediary:    None/Unknown

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Not Available

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

Not Applicable

Mitigating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Cooperation
Ivan Alexis Guedez  

Aggravating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Insufficient Cooperation
Ivan Alexis Guedez  

Total Monetary Sanctions for the Action:    $0

Case Status:    Ongoing


Disposition:    Plea Agreement (Sanctions Undetermined)

Date of Disposition:    10/30/2018

Ivan Alexis Guedez

—  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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