Background

The Department of Justice reports that the former president of a U.S. transportation company was sentenced to four years in prison and a $20,000 fine for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing a Russian official in exchange for obtaining contracts for the company.

According to a DOJ press release, for about seven years this individual conspired with others to make more than $1.5 million in corrupt and fraudulent bribe payments to the Russian official through shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus, and Switzerland. Fake invoices were used to conceal the bribes.

The company itself entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ in connection with this scheme in March 2018, and another former company official was previously sentenced to four years in prison.

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