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Former PdVSA officials face corruption-based civil lawsuit

Tom Fox | February 20, 2018

I recently wrote about international corruption hitting my home city of Houston in the context of the Petrobras bribery and corruption scandal. Recently there were several individual criminal indictments against persons who worked for the Venezuelan energy company PdVSA, one of whom lived in Houston and others who had a Houston connection. Now we have the first civil action filed in Houston for the massive bribery and corruption that engulfed PdVSA and those who tried to do business with it over the past few years.

The case involves the Houston-based company Harvest Natural Resources, an oil and gas producer, which alleges it went out of business because it refused to pay $40 million in bribes to former officials and business partners of PdVSA...

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