Andrew Gentin

Andrew N Gentin joined the criminal division's fraud section in October 2007, after a four-year stint in the Justice Department's office of international affairs. He is one of the longest-serving prosecutors assigned to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit. He was promoted to senior trial attorney in January 2015, and then senior litigation counsel in 2017. He has since moved to the fraud section's policy unit as an acting assistant chief.

Gentin took on duties for the FCPA unit previously assigned to the former compliance consultant Hui Chen, including liaising with monitors. He is currently an acting assistant chief in the criminal division's fraud section.

In 2008, he prosecuted a former executive of the French telecom company Alcatel CIT (now Alcatel-Lucent) who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for paying US$2.5 million in bribes to government officials in Costa Rica in order to win a mobile phone contract there. Alcatel-Lucent and several of its subsidiaries settled with US authorities on foreign bribery charges in 2010 and agreed to pay a combined US$137 million in penalties as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. The charges stemmed from bribery by third party agents of Alcatel to foreign officials in Asia and Central America beginning in the 1990s and continuing through 2006.

In 2009, he prosecuted valve manufacturer Control Components, which pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a US$18.2 million criminal fine on charges that it bribed government officials in China, Korea, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and others in exchange for contracts. 

Eight former CCI employees were charged in connection with the bribery scheme. A federal judge who oversaw the individual prosecutions criticised Gentin in October 2010 for showing privileged documents to witnesses and others involved in the CCI case.

In 2011, he oversaw a US$16 million government settlement with insurance brokerage Aon over FCPA allegations. He was the lead prosecutor on French oil company Total's US$398 million settlement in 2013 of allegations the company had engaged in bribery of Iranian officials. And he prosecuted BioRad Laboratories, which agreed to pay a US$14.35 million criminal penalty in 2014 as part of a non-prosecution agreement resolving allegations of bribery in Russia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Gentin has other experience Justice Department experience as well, having prosecuted former Defense Department contractors in cases of procurement fraud in Iraq.

While serving in DOJ's Office of International Affairs from August 2003 to October 2007, Gentin advised prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel on international criminal law issues related to Canada, the UK and Caribbean countries. He was a liaison with foreign prosecutorial agencies on matters of extradition, mutual legal assistance, and transnational criminal enterprises. He received the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator's Award for his contributions to Operation Raw Deal, which targeted traffickers in illegal steroids.

Gentin received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1990 and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Before joining the Justice Department, Gentin worked for several years in private practice with superstar white-collar lawyer Abbe Lowell, first at Brand Lowell & Ryan, then at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, to which he moved in 1999 with Lowell. He also served as a law clerk to Judge John A Terry on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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