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Prison Sentence, Fine Imposed for Bribery of Foreign Officials

Friday, March 29, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice reports that a Chinese man has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined $400,000 for his role in multi-year, multimillion dollar schemes to bribe government officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for business advantages for a Chinese energy conglomerate.

According to a DOJ press release, during the course of the schemes the man served as the secretary-general of a non-governmental organization registered as a charitable entity in the U.S. that was funded by the Chinese company. In the first scheme he offered a $2 million cash bribe to the president of Chad in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to obtain valuable oil rights from the Chadian government. In the second scheme he caused a $500,000 bribe to be paid, via wires transmitted through New York, to an account designated by Uganda’s foreign affairs minister, who had recently completed his term as president of the United Nations General Assembly. He also schemed to pay a $500,000 cash bribe to the president of Uganda and offered to provide both Ugandan officials with additional corrupt benefits by “partnering” with them and their families in future joint ventures in Uganda.

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