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Entries in Panama (55)

Monday
Dec222014

Court OKs IRS summonses for FedEx, UPS, DHL in Sovereign Management probe

A federal judge in Manhattan Friday authorized the Internal Revenue Service to issue summonses requiring Federal Express Corporation, DHL Express, United Parcel Service, Inc. and others to produce information about U.S. taxpayers who may be using the offshore services of Sovereign Management & Legal, Ltd to evade U.S. taxes.

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Thursday
Dec112014

Dallas Airmotive pays $14 million criminal penalty for Latin America FCPA offenses

Dallas Airmotive Inc., an aircraft engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul firm based in Grapevine, Texas, admitted Wednesday that it bribed Latin American officials to win government contracts.

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Thursday
Oct022014

Swiss court accepts guilty plea from former SNC-Lavalin exec

Riadh Ben Aissa, from an SNC-Lavalin publicity photoSwitzerland's federal crime court accepted a plea deal Wednesday between prosecutors and Riadh Ben Aissa, SNC-Lavalin's former head of construction, and sentenced him to time served.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Wow! DOJ official dishes on Cilins, Bizjet, Marubeni and more

Marshall L. Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal DivisionIt's not often anyone from the DOJ's criminal division talks informally and on the record about FCPA enforcement actions. But Wednesday in New York City, the guy who's second in command, Marshall Miller, had plenty to say. He was speaking at the Global Investigation Review Program.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Former SNC-Lavalin exec cops plea in Switzerland

A former vice president of SNC-Lavalin wanted in Canada on bribery charges has agreed to a deal with Swiss prosecutors that could lead to his extradition.

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Friday
May162014

U.S. Treasury targets money-laundering network with Kingpin Act

The U.S. Treasury named eight individuals and 20 entities Thursday connected to Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly as designated narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

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Friday
Nov292013

World Bank: Developing nations denied bribery settlement money

After analyzing almost 400 cases over 13 years, the World Bank reports that only 3.3 percent of $6 billion in fines have been shared with developing countries whose officials accepted bribes.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Swiss phone tap snared SNC-Lavalin

A Canadian police affidavit released Wednesday said Swiss authorities were investigating allegations of bribery in the Middle East when they overheard a remark about bribes in Canada, according to the Montreal Gazette.

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Wednesday
Jun052013

Investigators allege $750 million skimmed from Angola, Russia debt deal

President Eduardo dos Santos has ruled Angola for 33 years (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)At least $750 million intended to repay debt from Angola's civil war went instead to Russian arms dealers, shell companies in Panama, and crooked politicians, according to a new investigation by Corruption Watch UK and an association of Angolan human rights lawyers known as Maos Livres.

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Monday
Nov262012

Bribery advice from John McAfee

Photo courtesy of John McAfee's facebook pageDear FCPA Blog,

Not sure if you've been following the John McAfee story in detail but I've been reading his blog (which he's writing while on the lam) and he had two posts back to back about corruption.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

BizJet In $11.8 Million Settlement

BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. agreed to pay an $11.8 million criminal fine and enter into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ to resolve FCPA offenses in Latin America.

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Monday
Jun282010

Prison Term In Panama Bribes Case

John Webster Warwick, a Virginia Beach, Va., resident, was sentenced Friday to 37 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to pay bribes to former Panamanian government officials to secure maritime contracts.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson also sentenced Warwick to two years of supervised release following his prison term. Warwick also forfeited $331,000 in proceeds of the crime.

Warwick, 64, pleaded guilty in February to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiring to make corrupt payments to foreign government officials for the purpose of securing business for Ports Engineering Consultants Corporation (PECC) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). A copy of his plea agreement can be downloaded here.

In April this year, Warwick's co-defendant in the case, Charles Jumet, was sentenced to 87 months in prison and fined $15,000. It was the longest sentence ever in an FCPA-related case. Jumet, 53, pleaded guilty in November last year to being part of the overseas bribery conspiracy that began in 1996. The Justice Department hasn't commented on the fifty-month difference in the sentences handed out to Jumet and Warwick. Jumet, however, was also charged with lying to federal investigators. A copy of his plea agreement can be downloaded here.

Warwick and Jumet admitted conspiring to make secret payments to Panamanian government officials for awarding contracts to PECC to maintain lighthouses and buoys. In December 1997, the Panamanian government awarded PECC a no-bid 20-year concession. Warwick, Jumet and others then arranged bribes to the officials of "more than $200,000," according to the DOJ.

A copy of the DOJ's June 25, 2010 release can be downloaded here.