On May 31, 2017, Samuel Mebiame, a dual citizen of Gabon and France, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiring to bribe government officials in multiple countries in Africa.  In December of 2016, Mebiame pled guilty to conspiring to violate the FCPA.  In his plea agreement, Mebiame admitted that, in his capacity as a “fixer” for a joint venture company owned by New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC and a Turks and Caicos entity controlled by a co-conspirator, he provided at least five senior officials in Niger, Chad, and Guinea with at least $3 million in cash, gifts, or travel with the intent to influence how the officials exercised their official duties.  Mebiame further admitted that, in return for these payments, his company had received licenses for uranium concessions in Niger and Chad, and rights to an asset that the Chadian government stripped from a French-owned company at Mebiame’s urging.  Och-Ziff previously entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with respect to related FCPA charges, and one of its subsidiary companies, OZ Africa Management GP LLC, has pled guilty to a charge related to the payment of bribes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  United States v. Mebiame, 16-cr-627 (E.D.N.Y.).

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