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Enforcement Action Dataset


Initiation Date:    03/19/2024  Information

Prosecuting Agency:    U.S. Department of Justice

Type of Action:    DOJ Criminal Proceeding

Docket or Case Number:    24-cr-20109

Court:    S.D. Florida

Name of Prosecuting Attorneys:   

  • Markenzy Lapointe, United States Attorney
  • Manolo Reboso, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Glenn S. Leon, Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Jil Simon, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
  • Paul A. Hayden, Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division

US Assisting Agencies:   Unknown

Foreign Enforcement Action/Investigation:   Unknown

Foreign Assisting Agencies:   Unknown

Origin of the Proceeding:    Unknown

Whistleblower:    Unknown

Case Status:    Ongoing

Summary  Information

Stericycle, headquartered in Illinois, ran an international waste management network, focused primarily on medical, industrial, and maritime waste as well as document destruction. Stericycle's securities were registered with the SEC and publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker “SRCL.” Stericycle’s Latin America division (“Stericycle LATAM”) was responsible for overseeing the operations of Stericycle’s subsidiaries in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Puerto Rico.

Abraham Cirarroa Cervantes, a Mexican citizen, held several positions with Stericycle and its subsidiaries, including as the Finance Director for Stericycle LATAM, a member of the Board of Managers and Finance Director for Stericycle’s Mexican subsidiaries, a member of the Stericycle Mexico Executive Committee, and a member of Stericycle’s FCPA Compliance Management Steering Committee.

According to the documents in this case, between December 2011 and April 2016, Cervantes, along with Stericycle LATAM Vice President Mauricio Gomez Baez, and other Stericycle employees and agents, conspired to pay approximately $10.5 million in bribes to Mexican, Brazilian, and Argentinian government officials in order to assist Stericycle in obtaining government contracts for medical waste collection.

On March 19, 2024, the DOJ filed a two-count indictment in the Southern District of Florida against Cervantes alleging conspiracies to violate the antibribery and books and records provisions of the FCPA.

This case is ongoing.

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