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Non-DOJ Individual Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy to Serve as an Unregistered Agent of a Foreign Principal in a Criminal Scheme Involving a Former DOJ Employee and Seeking to Influence DOJ Matters


On October 20, 2020, a non-DOJ individual pleaded guilty to conspiring to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal.  Elliot Broidy pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia. According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, from in or about March 2017 through in or about January 2018, Broidy knowingly and willfully, without registering with the Attorney General as required by law, assisted in a back-channel lobbying campaign to resolve the DOJ’s investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad favorably for a foreign national, and to return a Chinese National to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), all on behalf of the foreign national and the Government of the PRC.  As part of the plea, Broidy agreed to a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $6.6 million, reflecting the minimum net proceeds from the offense.  A former DOJ employee and co-conspirator previously pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme on November 30, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  This investigation is being conducted by the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office.

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