On January 12, 2018, federal officials announced an 11-count grand jury indictment that was filed against the former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company specializing in the transportation of nuclear materials in connection with an alleged foreign bribery scheme.  According to the indictment, Maryland resident Mark Lambert conspired with others at the transportation company (“Transportation Company A”) between at least 2009 and October 2014 to bribe an official at JSC Techsnabexport (“TENEX”), a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned atomic energy company, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain or retain business with TENEX.  Lambert and others allegedly caused Transportation Company A to prepare fake invoices purportedly from TENEX to Transportation Company A that described services that were never provided, and then caused the Maryland-based company to wire corrupt payments intended for the Russian official to shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus, and Switzerland.  The indictment further alleges that Lambert and others caused Transportation Company A to overbill TENEX by adding the cost of the corrupt payments into invoices issued to TENEX in connection with actual services rendered.  Lambert has been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, and one count of international promotional money laundering.  In June 2015, former Transportation Company A co-president Darren Condrey pled guilty to FCPA and wire fraud conspiracy and TENEX official Vadim Mikerin pled guilty to money laundering conspiracy.  In the announcement of charges against Lambert, Justice Department officials acknowledged the assistance of law enforcement in Switzerland, Latvia, and Cyprus in the investigation and prosecution of the broader case.  U.S. v. Lambert, 18-cr-00012 (D. Md.)

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