Another Ex-DAP Employee In Kickback Case Pleads Guilty

Law360, New York (August 30, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- A former employee of New York-based broker-deal Direct Access Partners LLC on Friday pled guilty to participating in a scheme to pay kickbacks to officials at two state-owned Venezuelan banks, after two former colleagues copped pleas Thursday.

Jose Alejandro Hurtado pled guilty to six counts of conspiracy, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering and other charges at a hearing in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis.

"I regret it with all my heart," Hurtado said, speaking through a translator.

Tomas Alberto Clarke Bethancourt, a former executive vice president at DAP, and Ernesto Lujan, a former managing...

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