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Alfonso Portillo (Switzerland)

Jurisdiction of Origin : 
Position of Public Officials/Persons (Years in Office): 
President (2000-2004)
Jurisdiction of Recovery Effort / Asset Location: 
Jurisidction of Asset Recovery - Description: 
Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
Recovery Start (Year): 
2012
Recovery End (Year): 
Unknown
UNCAC Offenses Implicated: 
Money laundering Implicated?: 
Yes
Status of Asset Recovery : 
Unknown
Asset Recovery Chain - Placement : 
Unknown
Assets Not Yet Returned/Judgment (USD) - Current : 
Unknown
Disposition of Criminal Case(s): 

According to the US court records, Mr. Portillo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; in June 2014, he was sentenced to 70 months' imprisonment. (Source: US v. Portillo, Case No. 1:09-cr-01142-RPP (S.D.N.Y.), Judgment in a Criminal Case, filed June 11, 2014)

Summary: 

As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Portillo admitted that while serving as President of Guatemala, he had received US$2.5 million from the government of China, Taiwan purportedly for the "Libraries for Peace" project but was in exchange for Guatemala's continued recognition of China, Taiwan's sovereignty. (Source: US v. Portillo, Case No. 1:09-cr-01142-RPP (S.D.N.Y.), Judgment in a criminal case filed June 11, 2014 and US Government Sentencing Memorandum filed May 12, 2014.) The 2009 Indictment filed against Mr. Portillo by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York had alleged that Mr. Portillo laundered the funds through bank accounts located in a number of jurisdictions, including Switzerland. Two wire transfers were made in August 2004 (for $337,976.16 and 1,234,439.81 Euros) from accounts in France to accounts at Banco Audi Suisse S.A. in Switzerland held in the names of Mr. Portillo's former wife and daughter; in June 2005, a trust was established in Liechtenstein (the beneficiaries of which were Mr. Portillo's former wife and daughter) into which all the money maintained at the Banco Audi Suisse S.A. was transferred and thereafter, held in the name of the trust and two disbursements were made by the trust, in the sum of $8,000 to his daughter and $10,000 to his former wife in July 2006 and in September 2006, respectively, from the Banco Audi Suisse S.A. account. (Source: U.S. v. Portillo, Case No. 1:09-cr-01142-RPP (S.D.N.Y.), Indictment filed on December 1, 2009 and unsealed on January 25, 2010; Court Docket Report as of March 19, 2014.) As part of his judgment in the US criminal case, Mr. Portillo consented to and was sentenced to forfeit US$2.5 million to the U.S. representing criminal proceeds. (Source: US v. Portillo, Case No. 1:09-cr-01142-RPP (S.D.N.Y.), Judgment in a criminal case filed June 11, 2014.)

Contributing Factors in Asset Recovery: 
Ongoing Case
Agreement / Arrangement re: Returned Assets?: 
Ongoing
Agreement / Arrangment re: Returned Assets (Explanation): 
NA
Intl Cooperation Mechanism: MLAT/Letter of Request: 
Unknown
Basis for Intl Cooperation Mechanism: 
Unknown
Investigating Agency (JO): 
Comision Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala)
ProsecAuth/Civil Atty (JO): 
Comision Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala), Special Prosecutor's Office
Courts Involved (JO): 
Tribunal Undecimo de Sentencia Penal (Eleventh Court of Criminal Judgment)
Investigative Agency (JAR): 
Unknown
ProsecAuth/Civil Atty (JAR): 
Unknown
Courts Involved (JAR): 
Unknown
Sources : 

U.S. v. Portillo, Case No. 1:09-cr-01142-RPP (S.D.N.Y.), Indictment filed on December 1, 2009, unsealed on January 25, 2010; US Government Sentencing Memorandum filed May 12, 2014; Judgment in a Criminal Case filed June 11, 2014.