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In the midst of a very negative news cycle focused on President Donald Trump allegedly referring to several countries as “sh*tholes” while discussing a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal, the Department of Justice announced an 11-count indictment connected with the Uranium One deal and Hillary Clinton.

Mark Lambert, who is the co-president of a nuclear materials transportation company, has been charged with “one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.”

The DOJ said in a press release:

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX. [...]

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX.

In December, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the investigation into the Uranium One deal to be opened and interviews to begin with FBI agents about evidence they had found.

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