November 22, 2019

Maryland transportation company president found guilty in FCPA conspiracy

On November 22, 2019, a jury in the US District Court for the District of Maryland convicted Mark T. Lambert for violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and for committing wire fraud.  In January 2018, the US Department of Justice charged that Lambert, the former co-president of Transport Logistics International (TLI), a transportation company based in Maryland, had conspired to bribe the former director of a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned uranium company, JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), in order to obtain and retain business contracts for TLI.  The indictment alleged that Lambert and his co-president and co-conspirator, Daren Condrey, used fake invoices to generate the money to pay Vadim Mikerin, TENEX’s former director, using terms such as “remuneration” and “commission” to document the corrupt payments, which were wired to offshore bank accounts.

Lambert’s co-conspirator, Daren Condrey, pleaded guilty to FCPA violations in June 2015.  He testified at Lambert’s trial and has not yet been sentenced.  Mikerin pleaded guilty in 2015 to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the TLI bribes, was sentenced to forty-eight months in prison, and was deported in 2018 after serving his sentence.

DOJ Press release | Indictment (Lambert) | Plea Agreement (Condrey) | Plea Agreement (Mikerin)