Fmr. Head of Nuclear Transport Co. Indicted on 11 Counts of Russian Bribery, Fraud, Money Laundering

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 15, 2018 | 11:34 AM EST

Md. man charged with bribing Russian official. (Screenshot)

An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the U.S. and abroad, for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, was unsealed Friday, the U.S. Justice Department reported.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged in an 11-count indictment:

  • 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 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, 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 emails to the Russian official, Lambert and his cohorts, allegedly employed code words to describe the bribes, such as:

  • "Lucky Figures,"
  • "LF,"
  • "Lucky Numbers" and
  • "Cake"

Lambert’s former co-president, Daren Condrey, is currently serving a 48-month sentence in prison, having pled guilty to similar charges in 2015.

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