First Guilty Plea in Indictment Against Amazon Consultants/LawyersSeptember 16, 2021 in Blog
Last September, six Amazon consultants, lawyers, and former employees were federally indicted on charges of, amongst other things, bribery. The first guilty plea was rendered on September 7 by Rohit Kadimisetty, a former Amazon employee in India who had moved to California. Prosecutors recommending that Kadimisetty be sentenced to up to five years in prison and pay a fine of up to $50,000.
With the guilty plea, some details emerged about how bribing Amazon employees worked. Prosecutors described that Kadimisetty accepted over $100,000 in bribes from others including Joe Nilsen and Ed Rosenberg. Amongst the bribes were $4000 from Amazon consultants/lawyers in America to get their clients approved into restricted product categories on Amazon, specifically topicals.
Prosecutors said “…on or about January 19, 2018, in response to a request from Rosenberg on behalf of a third party seller, Nilsen and Kunju (then employed at Amazon), copying Defendant, discussed the cost of obtaining approval of two restricted products (“2 topicals”). They ultimately agreed upon $4,000 each (“4k per approval”), which Nilsen conveyed to Rosenberg.”
Six people were charged in the indictment, including
- Rohit Kadimisetty, 27, Northridge, California
- Ephraim Rosenberg (Ed Rosenberg), 45, Brooklyn
- Joseph Nilsen (Joe Nilsen), 31, New York City, NY
- Nishad Kunju, 31 Hyderabad (India)
- Hadis Nuhanovic, 30, Acworth, Georgia
- Kristen Leccese, 32, New York City, NY
No other pleas or verdicts for the other defendants have been made.
Dave Bryant has been importing from China for over 10 years and has started numerous product brands. He sold his multi-million dollar ecommerce business in 2016 and create another 7-figure business within 18 months. He’s also a former Amazon warehouse employee of one week.