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Chevron Ecuador’s Steven Donziger Is Like Elizabeth Holmes Of Theranos Fraud – Donziger Admitted Scheme Was To “Make F-King Money”

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Disbarred attorney Steven Donziger will be sentenced Friday, Oct. 1, for criminal contempt by United States District Judge Loretta Preska in a New York courtroom. Donziger faces six months’ imprisonment.

That is the latest episode in a legal saga that extends back to 1993, when a then-youthful trail lawyer named Steven Donziger saw a way to make that “f-king money” by accusing Texaco of not doing its part in environmental cleanup of lands the oil company used in partnership with Ecuador’s state-owned Petroecuador Oil Company. Donziger’s claim was that he and his legal team were working on behalf of 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorians, but the truth was the people he claimed to help had no idea who he was or what he was doing. Meanwhile Texaco started and completed its environmental cleanup in 1998, and then left Ecuador.

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