United States: U.S. probe of Venezuelan state oil firm spurs more guilty pleas

Author(s): Mica Rosenberg, Nate Raymond | Date: January 10, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/FxNKi8 | Type: Text

Two U.S.-based energy executives pleaded guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges stemming from a scheme to corruptly secure contracts by bribing officials from Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA.
A former general manager of a Florida-based energy company, Juan Jose Hernandez Comerma, 51, and an owner of several Texas-based energy companies, Charles Quintard Beech, 46, each pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
They were the latest to plead guilty as part of a broader ongoing probe into bribery at PDVSA. Their sentencing is scheduled for July 14, 2017.
Hernandez was accused of conspiring with two other U.S.-based businessmen, Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas and Roberto Rincon, in a scheme to win contracts from PDVSA.

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