On January 10, 2017, Juan Jose Hernandez-Comerma and Charles Quintard Beech III pled guilty for their roles in a foreign bribery scheme in connection with contracts from Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PDVSA”), Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company.  Hernandez-Comerma pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and one count of violating the FCPA.  Hernandez-Comerma conspired with others to pay bribes, including by providing recreational travel and entertainment to PDVSA officials in order to assure that companies related to his co-conspirators were placed on PDVSA’s bidding panels.  Beech pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA for paying bribes to multiple PDVSA officials to assist in getting his companies on the PDVSA bidding panels as well as to assist in receiving payments for other PDVSA contracts.  Six other individuals have pled guilty in connection with bribery involving PDVSA.  United States v. Hernandez-Comerma, No. 17-CR-00005 (S.D. Tex.); United States v. Beech, No. 17-CR-00006 (S.D. Tex.). DOJ Press Release