On June 30, DOJ filed a complaint seeking the civil forfeiture of approximately $34 million from Griffiths Energy International Inc. (“Griffiths Energy”), a Canadian energy company that was allegedly using bribes to  influence the award of Chadian oil development rights in exchange for shares in the company.  The complaint alleges that Griffiths Energy used $34 million in company shares to bribe Chad’s Ambassador to the United States and Canada.  Allegedly, Ambassador Mahamoud Adam Bechir, along with  Deputy Chief of Mission Youssouf Hamid Takane, agreed to use their official positions to influence the award of oil development rights to Griffiths Energy.  The complaint also alleges that Griffiths Energy issued four million shares to Bechir and Takane’s wives and then paid a $2 million “consulting fee” to a shell company created by Bechir’s wife.  The United States is also seeking civil forfeiture of over $100,00 in allegedly laundered funds that are traceable to the $2 million payment.  United States v. Griffiths Energy, 15-cv-01018 (D.D.C.).  DOJ Press Release