Investigating alleged kickbacks in the chocolate trading markets in South America

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CRA’s Forensic Services Practice was retained by Dechert LLP to investigate allegations that a lead trader of chocolate in South America was receiving kickbacks from a major supplier, which were being funneled to the trader via shell companies that he had established in Central America. The CRA team triangulated detailed tax return data with actionable business intelligence – gleaned from Central American public records due diligence (primarily in Spanish) and on-the-ground investigative services – to reveal an extensive network of shell companies and other misconduct. The CRA engagement team was led by Forensic Services Practice Leader and Vice President Kristofer Swanson, with invaluable assistance from Principal Patricia Peláez.

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