October 25, 2020
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Price-fixing Cartel: The Players

Main characters depicted in the movie:


Dwayne Andreas, Chairman and CEO of ADM. From humble beginnings as the fourth son of an Iowa farm family, he parlayed political contributions into influence that reached governments around the world.


Mark Whitacre, Head of the BioProducts Division at ADM from 1989 to 1995. A golden-boy executive whose admissions to the FBI set off a global investigation, he alternated between reluctance and enthusiasm in his cooperation. Whitacre is currently the chief operating officer (COO) and president of Operations at Cypress Systems, a California biotechnology firm.


Ginger Whitacre, married to Mark Whitacre. She urged her husband Mark to tell the FBI about the corporate conspiracies, threatening to disclose the wrongdoing herself if he resisted.


Michael "Mick" Andreas, the ADM vice-chairman seemed sure to take the reins of the company from his father, Dwayne, until his own criminal activity was discovered. When Andreas emerged from a Minnesota prison in the spring of 2002, ADM didn't invite him back.


Brian Shepard, the FBI's lead special agent in the antitrust investigation, he was Whitacre's primary FBI handler for almost three years.


Robert Herndon, Special Agent, FBI Field Office, Springfield, Illinois. A CPA with a background in white-collar cases, he became an expert on secret recordings. He now serves with the White Collar Crime Squad in the FBI's Kansas City office.

Others

Marty Allison, former ADM Vice President, charged with fraud and later sentenced to probation. The government claimed he was one of four sales vice presidents who was informed of the price-fixing conspiracy and worked to carry it out. Allison left ADM in 1995. He joined Orffa International Holdings B.V. (Las Vegas) in 2009 after helping to establish a business startup (IsoGen LLC) that was purchased by Monsanto and was later sold to Roche Vitamins (now DSM).

G. Allen Andreas, the former President and CEO of ADM who took over after his uncle Dwayne stepped down. Allen Andreas's style was as low-key and hardworking as his uncle Dwayne's was high-profile and flamboyant. He is credited with making major changes at the company since coming on board, paring the board down from 14 to 9 members, shifting production to China and South America, and restructuring each division to operate independently. A department of corporate compliance and regulatory affairs was created and new health and nutritional products were introduced. Allen Andreas stepped down as president and CEO on April 28, 2006, when he was succeeded by Patricia Woertz, a former executive vice president at Chevron.

Lowell Andreas, former President of ADM and brother of Dwayne. In his early career, he and Dwayne built up various businesses before joining ADM. He was president of ADM between 1968 and 1975, and one of four Andreas family members on ADM's board. He lived part of the year in the Cayman Islands.

Michael Bassett, FBI Special Agent in the fraud investigation. In March, 1987, using the alias "Michael McLaughlin," Bassett had gone to work as an ADM clerk in the Chicago Board of Trade's treasury bond pit. The cover and training that ADM had provided to him had been approved by Dwayne Andreas. As part of "Operation Sourmash," Bassett participated in key arrests and convictions of traders in a high publicity sting. His later assignment to investigate fraud at the company was interpreted by critics as evidence of the company's influence over the Department of Justice.

Jack Bray Mick, Andrea's attorney. Now with King & Spaulding. http://www.kslaw.com/bio/John_Bray

Howard Buffett, former ADM Vice President, publicist and member of the ADM board. Buffett was a social friend of Whitacre. He left the company in mid-1995.

Mark Cheviron, ADM Vice President and director of security. Still with ADM.

Barrie Cox, ADM Vice President in charge of food additives. Even though he had no direct knowledge of the lysine price-fixing, Cox became a key prosecution witness against Terry Wilson, to whom he had reported directly. Cox, who had spent his entire career working in the citric acid business, testified exclusively about ADM's participation in the global citric acid conspiracy. His testimony revealed many parallels in how the two cartels were organized.

Anthony D'Angelo, FBI Special Agent on the fraud investigation. D'Angelo retired after 24 years of service in 2008 to do private sector security and investigative work for both corporate and government clients. http://lextechlabs.com/about_our_executive_team

Aubrey Daniel Partner and ADM's lead attorney at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC. Before joining the firm, Daniel made a name for himself as the government's lead prosecutor in the court martial of Lt. William Calley, the only person convicted for his role in the My Lai massacre. Daniel is now retired.

Ronald Ferrari, former ADM Product Manager. Ferrari allegedly established a Swiss bank account in Hong Kong through which over a $1 million was received from ADM and deposited in Whitacre's account in the Cayman Islands.

James Epstein, Epstein, Zaideman & Essig (Chicago), Mark Whitacre's first attorney. Epstein was appointed as Illinois circuit court judge in 1999, he was then elected in 2000 and retained in 2006. http://judgeepstein.com/

Martin Glotzer, ADM shareholder activist and president of Cincinnati Union Group (Chicago), a small real estate holding company. According to Portfolio.com Glotzer, a self-described gadfly, pushes for shareholder rights at 40 to 45 different corporate shareholder meetings each year.

Ray Goldberg, Harvard Business School professor of agriculture and former member of ADM's board.

James Griffin, Lead Federal Antitrust Prosecutor, since retired. Griffin currently practices law in South Carolina.

David Hoech, President of Global Consultants, Inc. in Hallandale, Florida. Hoech was a dissident ADM shareholder who published the Shareholder Watch newsletter, along with his wife, Carol, where he reported on the excesses of ADM executives.

James House, Kraft Foods executive in charge of purchasing high fructose corn syrup. House testified about alleged antitrust violations in the high fructose corn syrup market. He testified that the president of a farmers' cooperative told him that Dwayne Andreas had offered him money to stop constructing a new facility.

Sidney Hulse, a former ADM Vice President who was fired for receiving off-the-books money. He was indicted by a grand jury in 1997 on charges that he conspired with Whitacre and accused of underreporting his income by hiding money in the Cayman Islands. In 2000 he was appointed director of strategic development by Inter-Cal Corporation (a Zila company), a developer of nutritional ingredients.

Hirokazu Ikeda, a former Ajinomoto executive who testified against ADM.

F. Ross Johnson, former CEO of RJR Nabisco and only member of ADM's board of directors during Dwayne Andreas' tenure who had Fortune 500 experience outside ADM. Johnson was Dwayne Andreas' longtime friend and golf partner. He left RJR Nabisco after losing a bidding war that he himself initiated to corporate raiders at Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, a titanic takeover battle depicted in Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar (later adapted as a movie). After leaving RJR, Johnson founded his own private investment company, RJM Group, Inc., based in Atlanta. He serves on the board of directors of several companies, including Bentley Pharmaceuticals.

Jhom Su Kim, President of Sewon America. Kim was an ADM price-fixing co-conspirator and federal witness.

Scott Lassar, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and lead prosecutor in the Chicago criminal price-fixing trial. Now a partner with Sidley Austin LLP.

Donald B. Mackay, Federal Fraud Prosecutor and U.S. Attorney, based in Springfield, IL.

Robin Mann, Federal Antitrust Prosecutor who prepped Whitacre for his testimony and tried the price-fixing case in court. Died in 2007.

Blanche Manning, Federal Judge in the criminal price-fixing trial.

Steven R. Mills, ADM's Controller. Later served as vice president for Strategic Planning and CFO. He pled guilty on behalf of the company at the price-fixing trial.

Kanji Mimoto, Ajinomoto executive, coconspirator and federal witness against ADM.

Brian Mulroney, ADM board member and former Canadian prime minister.

James Mutchnick, Federal Antitrust Prosecutor. Served until 2000, when he joined Kirkland and Ellis LLP.

James Nixon, Federal Fraud Prosecutor.

David Page, Director of Market Development in ADM's bioproducts division.

James Randall, former ADM President who came to ADM in 1968 from Cargill (where he was the technical director) after being courted by Dwayne Andreas. Randall started in ADM's corn processing division and succeeded Lowell Andreas as ADM's president in 1975. Whitacre implicated Randall in the price-fixing scandal and accused him of authorizing false overseas payments (ADM maintained that Whitacre had photocopied Randall's signature on the forms used to approve the expenditures), including a scheme to give Reinhard Richter an off-the-books bonus using fake invoices. In one of the meetings secretly taped by Whitacre, Mick Andreas said to two executives from Ajinomoto that "Myself, my father, and Mr. Randall all know all the time what's going on. Especially new business." Whitacre also claimed Randall hired various people, including prostitutes, to steal trade secrets and/or technology from other companies. Although Randall was never indicted, he resigned from the company's board on June 23, 1997.

Richard Reising, ADM Vice President and General Counsel. He later served on the board of Citigroup, Inc.

Reinhard Richter, former President of ADM Mexico who pled guilty to fraud in 1997, and agreed to cooperate with the government in exchange for a $25,000 fine and one year probation. Richter, a German national, came to ADM from Degussa, along with Whitacre. He remained in Mexico after leaving ADM.

James Schafter, ADM Corporate Counsel.

Beat Schweizer, a Swiss banker who established accounts for Whitacre to use for laundering money.

Brian Shepard, FBI Special Agent in charge of the FBI's one-man office in Decatur. Shepard handled much of the antitrust investigation against ADM and was Whitacre's primary contact. Shepard gave Whitacre several recorders, which he used to tape numerous meetings.

Gary Spratling, the former Chief of Criminal Prosecutions for the Department of Justice's antitrust division, he is credited with helping advance the investigation and prosecution of international cartels and discovering a section of the federal crimes code that allowed the government to set fines for antitrust-related crimes at up to twice the economic loss to society or twice the company's gain, whichever was larger. "We went to huge fines so a corporation no longer can look at [the penalties for getting caught] as just a minor expense of doing business," he said. (Lieber, Rats in the Grain, p. 115).

Robert Strauss, a partner at Akin, Gump, et al., and former ambassador to Moscow under President George W. Bush, Strauss was a friend of Dwayne Andreas who joined the board and acted as attorney for the company after returning to the private sector. He wrote a letter on behalf of Mick Andreas that was introduced by Andrea's attorney during his criminal trial, asserting that "[m]arket fights between US companies attempting to deal with the potentially destructive competition of Asian companies are, in my experience, seldom a product of greed. Rather they are more often an attempt to find ways to survive the onslaught of foreign industries who have often been protected by their own governments and allowed latitude to compete unfairly in the United States." (James Lieber, Rats in the Grain, pp. 288-89)

Donald Stukey, Special Agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Springfield.

Elizabeth Taylor, Whitacre's former secretary in the bioproducts division. Whitacre claimed she took bogus invoices to Randall for signature. After failing to testify against Whitacre she was assigned a factory job. She resigned in 1996 with a separation package that included an agreement restricting her from speaking to reporters.

Bill Walker, Mark Whitacre's attorney. Solo practitioner in Granite City, IL.

Joe Weatherall, Special Agent, FBI resident agency, Champaign, IL.
Rusty Williams Groundskeeper for the Whitacre family.

Terry Wilson, former President of ADM's Corn Processing Division. Wilson was indicted and found guilty in the lysine trial, and sentenced to two years and a fine of $350,000.

Kazutoshi Yamada, Managing Director with Ajinomoto Inc. (Tokyo). Involved in a price-fixing scandal with ADM from 1992-1995, along with Kanji Mimoto (deputy general manager, feed additives) and Horokazu Ikeda, (general manager, feed additives).

Masaru Yamamoto, the executive from Kyowa Hakko Kogyo (Tokyo) who described his job as worldwide control of lysine sales. He was a coconspirator who, after pleading guilty, agreed to serve as a federal witness for the prosecution in exchange for no jail time and a $50,000 fine. (Kyowa Hakko admitted guilt, paid a $10 million fine to the United States, and pledged its cooperation.) Yamamoto recalled meetings and phone calls where arrangements were made to set prices and market share agreements with ADM and other competitors.

Andrew Young, former ADM board member and friend of Dwayne Andreas. Young has had a distinguished career as a civil rights leader, congressman, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. He owned a condo at the Sea View Hotel in Florida, which Andreas owned. In 1962, on a tip from then-UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, ADM purchased a suite in New York's Walfdorf Towers next to the official residence of the United States' Mission, which allowed Andreas to befriend every American UN ambassador from Stevenson to Young.