April 4, 2019

Florida resident pleads guilty in connection with PetroEcuador FCPA case

Gustavo Trujillo, an Ecuadorian national and resident of Florida, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of Title 18 USC §§ 371, 3551 et seq, 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and (a)(2)(A), and Title 15 USC §§78dd-2 and 78dd-3.  According to the criminal information, Trujillo used a shell company in the Cayman Islands to transfer $27.8 million in bribes paid by a hazardous waste disposal company, Galileo Energy S.A., to officials of the Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador (PetroEcuador), a state-owned oil company, for the purpose of obtaining or retaining contracts.

Trujillo is the sixth individual to plead guilty in this case.

Criminal information