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Hawaii businessman jailed for FCPA conspiracy

A Hawaii-based businessman who admitted bribing officials from Micronesia was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison.

Frank James Lyon, 43, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA and to commit federal program fraud.

Lyon was also ordered Monday by the federal court in Hawaii to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Lyon's Honolulu-based engineering and consulting company, Lyon Associates Inc., paid $440,000 in bribes to officials in Micronesia. The company won contracts worth more than $10 million.

The DOJ charged one of the Micronesian officials for taking bribes.

Master Halbert, 44, pleaded guilty on April 2 to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 29.

Halbert served in Micronesia's Department of Transportation, Communications and Infrastructure. He administered aviation programs including the management of its airports, the DOJ said.

Lyon paid some of the bribes in cash in Hawaii and some in Micronesia and other locations, the DOJ said.

He also arranged for a vehicle to be purchased in Hawaii and shipped to Micronesia for Halbert's personal use.


Richard L. Cassin is editor at large of the FCPA Blog.