December 27, 2020

NJ man pleads guilty to bribing South Korean official

On December 17, 2020, Deck Won Kang pleaded guilty via Zoom in the US District Court of New Jersey to one count of violating the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Kang admitted to paying a total of $100,000 in bribes to a Korean government official in exchange for lucrative government contracts.

As detailed in the criminal information, Kang controlled two closely held New Jersey-based companies that provided naval equipment and technology services to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), a government agency within the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.  Kang promised to provide “something of value” to a high-ranking Korean Navy official who worked for DAPA when the official left public office.  In return, around May 2010, the official provided Kang with non-public information that Kang used to obtain and retain DAPA contracts.  The government official retired from DAPA around November 2011.  Between 2012 and 2013, Kang wired a total of $100,000 to a bank account in Australia set up for the benefit of the Korean official.

Kang’s sentencing hearing is set for April 21, 2021.

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