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DOJ investigation into Russia Uranium One deal made under Hillary Clinton sees its first indictment

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An 11-count indictment was handed out Friday against Mark Lambert in connection to the alleged Russian bribery scheme involving the Uranium One deal.

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Lambert is the former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials and was charged “for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation,” according to a DOJ statement.

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

The controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply by allowing the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company, and the deal has been linked it to Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when it was approved.

“The State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal after finding no threat to U.S. national security,” NBC News reported.

Before the Obama administration approved the deal, the FBI had gathered evidence of Russian nuclear industry officials “engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering,” The Hill reported.

The bureau had “an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars” to the Clinton Foundation, according to the article.

The Justice Department added that Lambert’s former co-president, Daren Condrey, pleaded guilty in June 2015 to conspiracy to violate the FCPA and commit wire fraud, and Vadim Mikerin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Mikerin is currently serving a 48-month sentence and Condrey awaits sentencing.

Tom Tillison


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