April 28, 2021

Final conspirator in Ecuadorian bribery scheme sentenced to three years in prison for AML violation

On April 26, 2021, Roberto Heinert was sentenced to 36 months in prison in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida for his role a scheme to launder bribe funds paid to Ecuadorian officials to help three UK-based reinsurance companies obtain contracts with Seguros Sucre SA, Ecuador’s state–owned and controlled surety company.  Heinert is the last of his co-conspirators – Juan Ribas Domenech, Jose Vincente Gomez Aviles and Felipe Moncaleano Botero – to be sentenced after they each pleaded guilty in 2020 to conspiracy to commit money laundering for their efforts to disguise bribes paid to Ribas and other officials, as legitimate commission payments that were subsequently laundered through multiple intermediary company accounts.  As part of the sentence, Heinert also received 3 years of supervised release and must forfeit almost $3.2 million in real or personal property.

Judgment | Paperless Minute Entry | Preliminary Order of Forfeiture