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Middleman in alleged Ecuador bribery scheme presented himself as legitimate consultant, ex-Vitol trader’s lawyer says at US trial

By Samuel Rubenfeld
  • 22 Jan 2024 23:54
  • 23 Jan 2024 00:28
The middleman in an alleged bribery scheme in Ecuador had presented himself as a legitimate consultant, according to a defense lawyer for a former Vitol trader now on trial in the US for corruption.
Antonio Pere, a Miami-based consultant, told clients he was “close to” and “worked with” Ecuadorian officials,

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Samuel Rubenfeld


Samuel Rubenfeld is a reporter covering cases of bribery and corruption and some international trade issues. Prior to joining MLex, he was editor of the Kharon Brief, a news and data analysis platform focused on global security issues, including sanctions and export controls. Earlier in his career, Rubenfeld spent about a decade at The Wall Street Journal, including nearly nine years as a reporter covering corporate risk and compliance concerns such as bribery, money laundering, sanctions, terrorist financing and whistleblowers.

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