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Enforcement Action Dataset

 

Initiation Date:    06/27/2019  Information

Prosecuting Agency:    US Department of Justice

Name of Prosecuting Attorneys:   

  • Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney
  • Michael B. Nadler, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Robert A. Zink, Acting Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • John-Alex Romano, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Deborah L. Connor, Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division
  • Joseph Palazzo, Trial Attorney, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division

Assisting Agencies:    Federal Bureau of Investigation , Internal Revenue Service

Type of Action:    DOJ Criminal Proceeding

Docket or Case Number:    19-cr-20388

Court:    S.D. Florida

Origin of the Proceeding:    Unknown

Whistleblower:    Unknown

Case Status:    Ongoing


Summary  Information

Corporacion Electrica Nacional, S.A. ("Corpoelec") was Venezuela's state-owned electricity company.

Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez ("Motta) was the Minister of Electrical Energy in Venezuela and the President of Corpoelec.

Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez ("Lugo") was the director of procurement at Corpoelec.

According to the indictment, between January 2016 and December 2018, Motta and Lugo conspired with others to launder the proceeds of an illegal bribery scheme involving Corpoelec. Under the scheme, Motta and Lugo awarded three Florida-based companies more than $60 million in procurement contracts with Corpoelec in exchange for bribes.

On June 27, 2019, the DOJ filed an eight count indictment in the Southern District of Florida against Motta and Lugo alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and direct money laundering offenses. As of August 28, 2019, neither Motta nor Lugo had been apprehended, and the court transferred them to fugitive status.

This case is ongoing.

In a related proceeding initiated on March 14, 2019, the DOJ filed a complaint in the Southern District of Florida against Haddad and Veroes alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering. On June 11, 2019, the DOJ filed an information in the same court against Haddad and Veroes alleging that the two defendants had conspired to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA. On June 24, 2019, both Haddad and Veroes entered into plea agreements with the government. On September 26, 2019, the court sentenced Haddad to 51 months in prison to be followed by 2 years of supervised release. The court imposed no monetary penalty but ordered him to pay a mandatory assessment of $100. Veroes is scheduled to be sentenced on October 29, 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 Corpoelec in Venezuela Information

Number of Related Enforcement Actions (Including This Enforcement Action):    2

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Total $ Bribery Payments:    Unknown

Total $ Revenue Generated from Bribery:    $60,000,000

Total $ Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Total $ Monetary Sanctions (U.S. Sanctions Only):    $0,200

Sanction to Bribe Ratio:    Not Applicable

Sanction to Revenue Ratio:    $0,200 / $60,000,000 = (0.00 %)

Sanction to Profit Ratio:    Not Applicable

Name:    Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez

Employers & Positions:    Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. - Corpoelec - President ; - Venezuelan Minister of Electrical Energy

Country:    Venezuela

FCPA Claims:    None

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)

Statutory Basis for FCPA Jurisdiction:    Not Applicable


Name:    Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez

Employers & Positions:    Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. - Corpoelec - Director of Procurement

Country:    Venezuela

FCPA Claims:    None

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)

Statutory Basis for FCPA Jurisdiction:    Not Applicable

Name:    Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. - Corpoelec

Entity Type:    Government Entity

Place of Incorporation:    Venezuela

HQ Country(ies):    Venezuela

Industry:    Government

Period of Bribery:   2016 - 2018

Total Bribery Payments:    Unknown

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    $60,000,000

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization): 

  • Eustiqiuo Jose Lugo Gomez; Procurement Director; Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA
  • Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez; Minister of Electrical Energy and Head of Corpoelec; Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA

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

Third-Party Intermediary:   

  • Unnamed agent , Agent/Consultant/Broker

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Cash (bills/coins/etc.), Wire Transfer

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

TRANSACTION OVERVIEW
Payments to Motta and Lugo

Period of Bribery:   2016 – 2018

Total Bribery Payments:    Unknown

Total Revenue Generated from Bribery:    $60,000,000

Total Profit Earned or Expenses Avoided from Bribery:    Unknown

Country(ies) involved:    Venezuela

Region(s) involved:    Latin America

Officials Potentially Influenced (Name; Title; Organization):  

  • Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez; Minister of Electrical Energy and Head of Corpoelec; Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA;
  • Eustiqiuo Jose Lugo Gomez; Procurement Director; Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA;

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

Third Party Intermediary:    Unnamed agent - Agent/Consultant/Broker

Type of Bribe:   Money

Cash, Wire or Check:    Cash (bills/coins/etc.), Wire Transfer

Purpose of Bribe:    Obtain/retain business

Not Applicable

Mitigating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Cooperation
Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez  
Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez  

Aggravating Factors Referenced by the Government (Individual Defendants):

Defendant Insufficient Cooperation
Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez  
Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez  

Total Monetary Sanctions for the Action:    $0

Case Status:    Ongoing


Disposition:    Fugitive

Date of Disposition:    Undetermined

Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez

—  Total Monetary Sanctions for Defendant:    $

—  Imprisonment/Incarceration:    None

—  Probation/Supervised Release:    None

—  House Arrest:    None

—  Community Service:    None


Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez

—  Total Monetary Sanctions for Defendant:    $

—  Imprisonment/Incarceration:    None

—  Probation/Supervised Release:    None

—  House Arrest:    None

—  Community Service:    None

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