Ex-Ambassador Asks 2nd Circ. To Save Venezuelan Bribe Suit

By Jack Newsham (March 10, 2017, 8:21 PM EST) -- In a bid to resuscitate his bribery suit against two Venezuelan businessmen, an attorney for a former U.S. ambassador argued before a Second Circuit panel on Friday that the defendants had enough links to New York for the case to proceed.

Otto Reich, a consultant who was the top U.S. envoy to Venezuela in the late 1980s, claims that Leandro Betancourt Lopez and Pedro Trebbau Lopez run a corrupt company from New York that pays bribes to secure inflated no-bid contracts from the Venezuelan government.

Reich says his beef with Betancourt and Trebbau began when a bank that the men had...

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