Pa. Consultant Pleads Guilty In $3.5M Foreign Bribery Plot

Law360, Philadelphia (April 20, 2016, 5:22 PM EDT) -- The former owner of a suburban Philadelphia financial consultancy pled guilty on Wednesday to charges that he funneled $3.5 million in bribes to a European banking official to secure loan approvals on behalf of his clients.

Dmitrij Harder, the former head of Chestnut Consulting Group Inc., copped to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by funneling bribes to an official with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development who was responsible for leading reviews of several financing applications submitted by Harder's clients.

According to a January 2015 indictment, Harder, 43, sought out the senior EBRD banker after the two became acquainted...

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