Between 2004 and October 2014, Vadim Mikerin, President of TENAM Corporation and Director of Pan American Department of JSC Techsnabexpor ("TENEX") allegedly conspired with Daren Condrey and Mark Lambert, principals of Transport Logistics International, Inc. ("TLI"), Boris Rubizhevsky, consultant to TENAM and Vadim Mikerin, and others to transmit funds from Maryland and elsewhere in the United States to offshore shell company bank accounts located in Cyprus, Latvia and Switzerland. TENAM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TENEX. TENEX is a subsidiary of ROSATOM, Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation.
It is alleged that funds were transmitted with the intent to promote a corrupt payment scheme in which corrupt payments of approximately USD 2,126,622 were made by the conspirators to influence Mikerin and to secure improper business advantages for U.S. companies that did business with TENEX. TENEX is the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide.
Daren Condrey, Carol Condrey, and Boris Rubizhevsky:
On 31 October 2014, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations ("FBI") announced that Daren Condrey, Carol Condrey, and Boris Rubizhevsky were separately charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with the scheme to obtain contracts from Russian company without having to compete for the contracts.
On 17 June 2015, Daren Condrey pleaded guilty with the DOJ to conspiring to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and conspiring to commit wire fraud. Daren Condrey is scheduled for sentencing on 2 November 2015.
On 15 June 2015, Boris Rubizhevsky pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. On 14 November 2017, Rubizhevsky was sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit USD 26,500.
12 January 2018 - FBI unsealed an 11-count indictment of Mark Lambert for his alleged role in the scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin in order to secure contracts with TENEX. He was charged with: one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud, and one count of international promotion money laundering. The case against Lambert is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the District of Maryland.
On 31 October 2014, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations ("FBI") announced that Vadim Mikerin was charged with conspiring to commit extortion in connection with a scheme to obtain contracts from Russian company without having to compete for the contracts.
On 31 August 2015, Vadim Mikerin pleaded guilty with the DOJ to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with his role in arranging over USD 2 million in corrupt payments to influence the awarding of contracts with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation. On 15 December 2015, Mikerin was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to forfeit USD 2,126,622.36.
12 March 2018 - Transport Logistics International Inc. (TLI) entered into a three year DPA with the DOJ requiring TLI to pay a criminal fine of USD 2 million.
The DOJ filed a one-count criminal information against TLI in federal court in Maryland, charging TLI with conspiring to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.
TLI received full cooperation and remediation credit due to TLI's cooperation with the DOJ investigation and prosecution of individuals, TLI's remedial measures, and TLI's implementation of a new compliance program and strengthening of its internal controls. The DOJ initially determined that a criminal penalty of USD 21.38 million was appropriate, but TLI demonstrated that it would be unable to pay a penalty in excess of USD 2 million, which the DOJ agreed would be appropriate under the circumstances.