July 29, 2019

Prison sentence for conspiracy to launder bribe money in FCPA case

On July 29, 2019, Master Halbert, a Micronesian citizen and former Micronesian government official, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in laundering bribe money connected with engineering and project management contracts with the government of the Federated States of Micronesia.  According to the plea agreement, Halbert agreed with Frank James Lyon, the payor of the bribes, that the bribe payments would be transported from the United States to the Federated States of Micronesia.  Halbert pleaded guilty in April 2019 to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Lyon was sentenced in May 2019 to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

DOJ press release | Plea agreement | Sentence