Settlements

ST-117
Central Asia American Enterprise Fund / Richard G. Pitchford
Central Asia American Enterprise Fund
United States
Department of Justice
United Kingdom
2002
09/13
Unknown
Individual
Criminal
Guilty Plea
Criminal Restitution, Criminal Forfeiture
$400,000.00
Unknown value of accounts and yacht
$400,000
$400,000
Enforcement by "Affected" Jurisdiction; Restitution
Art.16, Art.23
Art. 1, Art. 7
Bribery of Foreign Official, Government Program Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Bribery of Foreign Official, Government Program Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Yes
According to the Plea Agreement and Statement of Facts in US v. Richard G. Pitchford, Pitchford was the vice president and country manager in Turkmenistan for the US Government-funded Central Asia American Enterprise Fund (CAAEF). In addition to theft from the fund by using a kick-back scheme, Pitchford admitted to engaging in a scheme to ensure that a British company would win the bid on a CAAEF funded project and that the British company's bid was inflated by 15% or $200K and Pitchford worked to ensure that the British company won the bid even though he knew that all or some of the inflated amount would be paid to a British official with the UK Department of Trade and Industry. As part of Pitchford's restitution, he was ordered to forfeit amounts in two New York brokerage accounts and a yacht that he had denied owning. Some of the kickback funds in the Pitchford case were funneled through a British Virgin Islands shell company (K.P.H., Inc.) formed by a CAAEF consultant with whom Pitchford conspired and a Swiss legal entity (Melioservice) formed by the UK official and used as a "commission" agent. The plea agreement noted that the US Department of Justice's Fraud Section which prosecuted the case would recommend to the court that Pitchford receive the maximum applicable reduction in sentencing for his plea and that the government would not seek an upward departure from applicable sentencing guidelines. Moreover, if Pitchford complied with all the conditions of his plea agreement, the government agreed to file a departure motion in his sentencing. Pitchford also agreed to pay $400,000 in restitution to the United States and to forfeit funds in two asset management accounts, in addition to a yacht in which that he denied having any interest. (Source: US v. Pitchford, Case No. 1:02-cr-365 (D.D.C.), Plea Agreement and Statement of Facts filed September 13, 2002 and Information filed September 3, 2002). Patrick Dickey, a co-conspirator pleaded guilty to non-FCPA charges and was ordered to pay $300K in restitution to the United States. (Source: U.S. Agency for International Development Press Release, "Investigation of International Fradulent Conspiracy Results in Incarceration for Two Co-Conspirators," November 27, 2002.)