Dmitrij Harder, former owner and president of Chestnut Consulting Group Inc. and Chestnut Consulting Group Co. pleaded guilty to bribing an official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. According to admissions made with Harder’s plea, the EBRD was a multilateral development bank headquartered in London that was owned by more than 60 sovereign nations and provided financing for development projects in emerging economies, primarily in Eastern Europe. Harder admitted he engaged in a scheme to pay approximately $3.5 million in bribes to an EBRD official to corruptly influence the official’s actions on applications for EBRD financing submitted by the Chestnut Group’s clients and to influence the official to direct business to the Chestnut Group. DOJ
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