Italian company admits guilt in scheme to evade U.S. national security trade sanctions
International investigation continues against remaining defendants
SAVANNAH, GA (STL.News) An Italian company has entered a guilty plea in a scheme to evade United States national security laws.
GVA International Oil and Gas Services (GVA) pled guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Export Control Act, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The plea subjects the company to a sentence of up to five years’ probation, along with significant fines and financial restitution.
GVA owner Gabrielle Villone currently is serving a 28-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy in the case, USA v. World Mining and Oil Supply et. al.
“This conspiracy represents a tangled web of deceit designed to allow Russian interests to evade United States trade sanctions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “With our law enforcement partners, we will continue to hold accountable those who would threaten our nation’s security.”
As described in court documents and testimony, the conspiracy began when an unnamed Russian government-controlled business contracted with Oleg Vladislavovich Nikitin, general director of KS Engineering (KSE), a St.