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Damascus Man Sentenced To 18 Months In Federal Prison For Conspiracy To Bribe A Public Official

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                               at (410) 209-4885



Greenbelt, Maryland – On September 15, 2017, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Grigory Trosman, age 78, of Damascus, Maryland to 18 months in prison, followed by six months of home-confinement and three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to bribe a public official. Judge Chuang also ordered Trosman to pay a $75,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $469,287.


The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington Field Office, Criminal Division; and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations John Dupuy of the Department of Energy, Office of Inspector of General.


According to his plea agreement, Trosman was an employee of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), working as a Program Manager at the DOE Germantown, Maryland facility. In his position as Program Manager, Trosman had specific duties and influence related to DOE programs and funding on international nuclear safety programs-including programs related to United States financial and technological support for nuclear reactors in Ukraine.


From 2004 through 2014, Trosman, sought, received, and accepted monies in various forms in return for being influenced in the performance of his official duties. These monies included wire transfers, cash and checks, as well as sponsorship for a visa for Trosman’s wife, allowing her to travel to, and work in, the United States and to attempt to obtain residence in the United States. During this time, Trosman accepted at least $469,287 in bribes in exchange for official acts performed as a public official at the DOE.


From approximately 2002 through March 2014, Trosman used his official position in various capacities to assist co-conspirators and various companies to obtain access to federal research funding and contract work in Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Trosman also used his official government-funded foreign travel to Ukraine to promote his co-conspirators’ companies’ technology and capabilities and to obtain financial backing for the company's foreign operations.


Two other defendants, Anatoly Samgorodsky, age 65, of Sarasota, Florida, and Anatoly Fedorovsky, age 57, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, have pleaded guilty and both have been sentenced. Samgorodsky was sentenced to 12 months, 1 day in federal prison followed by one years of supervised release and Fedorovsky was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release. Samgorodsky was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $70,000 in restitution; Fedorovsky was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and was ordered to forfeit $7,000.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI and the DOE Office of Inspector General for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney David I. Salem, who prosecuted the case.



Updated September 18, 2017