Former Chadian Ambassador to the United States Indicted for Soliciting Bribe from Canadian Energy Startup

The U.S. Justice Department has charged the former ambassador of Chad to the U.S. and Canada of soliciting a bribe in exchange for oil rights.

Mahamoud Adam Bechir and his deputy Youssouf Hamid Takane were both indicted for soliciting bribes in relation to oil rights for a Canadian energy company.

On Monday, The Justice Department said that court documents indicate that a $2 million bribe, at which point the money was laundered into the U.S. in order to hide the nature of the transaction.

Officials also allege that in addition to the $2 million paid to ambassadors, shares of the start-up company were transferred to the wives and children of the ambassadors.

“These defendants allegedly engaged in a multimillion dollar bribery scheme while in the United States and then used the US financial system to launder the bribes to conceal their conduct,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid said.

The Justice Department charged one of the founding members of the company with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2019, paying a total of $27 million in damages.

The scheme allegedly took place between August 2009 and July 2014 while the two diplomats in question were stationed at the Chad office in Washington D.C..

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