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United States v. Merlo et al


The defendant, along with co-conspirators, allegedly conspired to pay bribes to officials at Ecuador’s state-owned insurance companies to obtain and retain business for themselves, an intermediary company, and reinsurance clients.  The intermediary company also allegedly received a portion of the brokerage commission obtained and used those funds, in part, to make bribe payments.  Merlo pleaded guilty to four money laundering counts of the indictment. 

This case was filed on July 14, 2022 in the Southern District of  Florida.

Date of Guilty Plea: March 28, 2023

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United States v. Esteban Eduardo Merlo Hidalgo
Foreign Corruption
Updated August 11, 2023