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Ex-Kyrgyzstan Regime Adviser Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former financial adviser to ousted leaders of Kyrgyzstan who was accused of obstructing a U.S. insider-trading probe pleaded guilty to wire fraud, his lawyer said.

Eugene Gourevitch entered his plea yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, his lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said in a phone interview. Gourevitch, scheduled for sentencing on June 10, faces a prison term of as long as 20 years, Agnifilo said. The plea couldn’t immediately be verified in court records.

Gourevitch was charged in an indictment unsealed in October with one count of conspiracy and one count of obstructing justice in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil case brought over trading in shares of Global Industries Ltd., a Sulphur, Louisiana-based oil-field construction company.

Gourevitch was a financial adviser to the regime of Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was ousted in an April 2010 coup. Bakiyev’s son, Maksim Bakiyev, directed the trades that were at issue in the SEC case, the country’s new government said in a November request seeking to intervene in the SEC’s case.

The SEC dropped the civil case, filed in Manhattan federal court, in October. Kyrgyzstan asked to join in the case in order to recover funds from Maksim Bakiyev, whom the country alleges stole public funds and engaged in other crimes while his father was in power. A judge hasn’t yet ruled on that request.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Gourevitch, 1:12-cr-00758, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn). The SEC case is Securities and Exchange Commission v. One or More Unknown Purchasers Of Securities Of Global Industries Ltd., 1:11-cv-06500, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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