On March 10, Frederic Cilins pled guilty to obstructing a federal criminal investigation into allegations of bribes paid to secure valuable mining rights in the Simandou region of the Republic of Guinea.  According to court papers, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York was investigating allegations that a mining company with which Cilins was affiliated paid bribes to government officials of the former regime in the Republic of Guinea.  Cilins agreed to pay witnesses to induce them to destroy documents and turn documents over to Cilins for destruction, knowing that the documents were being sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and were being produced before a grand jury.  Cilins also admitted to trying to induce a witness to leave the U.S. to avoid being questioned by the FBI.  Cilins will be sentenced on June 27, 2014 before the Honorable William H. Pauley.  Among other things, the case is notable for the Government’s use of proactive investigative techniques in the FCPA context.  Some of the evidence against Cilins came from monitored and recorded phone calls and face-to-face meetings between Cilins and the witnesses.  United States v. Cilins, 13 Cr. 315 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y.) DOJ Press Release