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Judge Denies Aguilar’s Motion For A Bill Of Particulars

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As highlighted in this prior post, in September 2020 the DOJ announced that Javier Aguilar (a trader at the U.S. subsidiary of Vitol Inc.) was criminally charged for “his alleged participation in a five-year international bribery and money laundering scheme involving corrupt payments to Ecuadorian officials.”

With discovery ongoing in the case and the trial date uncertain due to COVID-19, in November 2020 Aguilar filed a motion for a bill of particulars. Generally speaking, a bill of particulars is a request by a criminal defendant for more detailed information about the criminal charges beyond those alleged in the actual charging document.

As highlighted below, recently Judge Eric Vitaliano (E.D.N.Y.) denied the motion for a bill of particulars.

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DOJ Announces Indictment Of Oil Trader In Connection With Alleged Ecuador Bribery Scheme

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Yesterday, the DOJ announced that Javier Aguilar (described as a trader at the U.S. subsidiary of a multinational oil distributor and trading company – “Trading Company) was criminally charged for “his alleged participation in a five-year international bribery and money laundering scheme involving corrupt payments to Ecuadorian officials.” According to this report, Aguilar’s former employer is Vitol Inc. As highlighted in this previous post, Vitol has reportedly been under scrutiny.

Although not mentioned in the indictment, the DOJ releases references an “original complaint” and that the Ecuadorian officials included individuals associated with PetroEcuador (a business organization previously mentioned in FCPA enforcement actions – see here and here).

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