Former Haitian Official Convicted in US in Bribery Scheme

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A federal jury in Miami, Florida has convicted a former Haitian government official for his role in a money laundering and bribery scheme.

The U.S. Justice Department made the announcement Tuesday in the case of 45-year-old Jean Rene Duperval, who worked for a Haitian state-owned telecommunications company, Teleco. A Justice Department statement says Duperval awarded business to two Miami-based telecommunications companies in exchange for bribes and used shell companies in southern Florida to conceal his crimes.

The Florida resident was convicted late Monday of laundering $500,000 paid to him in what the Justice Department called an “elaborate bribery scheme.”

Sentencing is set for May 21. Duperval faces at least 20 years in prison and fines exceeding $500,000.