On July 31, 2018, Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino (“Gonzalez”) was arrested on foreign bribery charges related to payments he allegedly made to an official at Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PDVSA”). According to the criminal complaint, Gonzalez and a co-conspirator paid at least $629,000 in bribes to a former PDVSA official to secure contracts. With the arrest of Gonzalez, DOJ has announced charges against 17 individuals, 12 of whom have pleaded guilty, as part of the ongoing investigation into bribery at PDVSA.
United States v. Gonzalez, 18-mj-1203 (S.D. Tex.)