On March 13, a Maryland federal court unsealed bribery-related charges filed in January 2018 against a Maryland-based company (part of a French industrial supplier), as well as a three-year deferred prosecution agreement filed on March 12. The government alleges that the company conspired to violate the FCPA by arranging and paying bribes to Russian officials to obtain uranium transportation contracts between 2004 and 2014. Pursuant to the deferred prosecution agreement, the company agreed to pay a $2 million criminal fine, adopt a compliance program, and provide periodic reporting to DOJ. According to the agreement, the company received credit for its substantial cooperation with the investigation and for its remedial actions, including firing all employees involved in the criminal conduct.

As previously covered here, in 2015 three individuals entered into guilty pleas in this matter: a former Russian official based in Maryland; a former co-president of the company; and an alleged intermediary between the company and the Russian official. Most recently and as covered here, the other former co-president of the company, was charged in an 11-count indictment, unsealed in January 2018, alleging numerous violations of the FCPA and conspiracy to violate the FCPA.