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Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Role in Defrauding the Export-Import Bank of the United States of More Than $1 Million
Date:11/23/2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Febe Durango-Rueda, 52, a Colombian national, pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2009, to participating in a scheme to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) of more than $1 million, announced Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer and Acting Inspector General Osvaldo L. Gratacos of the Ex-Im Bank, Office of the Inspector General.

Durango pleaded guilty before Judge Richard W. Roberts in U.S. District Court in Washington to a one-count criminal information charging her with conspiracy to defraud the Ex-Im Bank and to commit mail fraud. Durango was arrested by special agents of the Ex-Im Bank Office of the Inspector General on May 4, 2009, at Miami International Airport while attempting to enter the United States. According to the court document, the Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. agency that assists in the export of U.S. goods and services to companies overseas, in part through guaranteeing loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods.

According to plea documents, Durango was the president of Droservicios Ltda., a Colombian medical services company. Durango admitted that she and others falsified financial statements that Droservicios submitted to the Ex-Im Bank in support of a loan guarantee for a deal worth more than $1.3 million.

Specifically, Durango and others applied for an Ex-Im Bank loan guarantee that purported to be for the purpose of increasing Droservicios' leasing services of specialized medical equipment to public health institutions. According to the application, the specialized medical equipment was to include a CT scanner and mammography unit as well as other medical imaging equipment. Durango admitted that she and others then shipped medical equipment of a much lesser value than the specialized medical equipment that was the basis for the Ex-Im Bank guaranteed loan and fabricated invoices to fraudulently refl
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