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Sentenced, just saying, scrutiny alerts and updates, fallout, and what’s the difference? It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Sentenced

As highlighted in this prior post, earlier this year Frank James Lyon (the owner of Lyon Associates Inc. – a privately held engineering and consulting company headquartered in Hawaii) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (based on things of value provided to officials in the Federated States of Micronesia) as well as paying bribes to an agent of an organization receiving federal funds (based on things of value provided to officials with a Hawaii governmental agency – State Agency).

As highlighted in this DOJ release, Lyon was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Ho Sentenced – But How Should One “Score” FCPA Sentences?

Ho

Yesterday the DOJ announced that Chi Ping Patrick Ho (pictured) was sentenced “to serve 36 months in prison for his role in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar scheme to bribe top officials of Chad and Uganda in exchange for business advantages for CEFC China Energy Company Limited (“CEFC China”).”  The sentence follows Ho’s conviction of FCPA, money laundering, and conspiracy offenses after a December 2018 trial (see here for the prior post).

As further noted in the DOJ release: “in addition to his prison term, Ho, 69, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China who resided in Hong Kong prior to his arrest in November 2017 and has been detained since his arrest, was fined $400,000 and [f]ollowing his prison sentence, Ho will be removed from the United States.”

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

No jail time for Stevens, neither admit nor deny airball, Jorgensen to depart Walmart, scrutiny alert and ripple. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

No Jail Time for Steven

Further to the randomness of FCPA sentences (see here for the prior post), former Embraer executive Colin Steven (who plead guilty to causing $1.5 million in bribe payments to be made by Embraer to a Saudi Official in connection with a $93 million sale as well as receiving approximately $130,000 in kickbacks) was recently sentenced to no jail time. (See here for coverage).

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Potpourri

Potpourri

Scrutiny Alerts

CHS Inc., an agricultural cooperative, disclosed:

“In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, we contacted the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC to voluntarily self-disclose potential violations of the FCPA in connection with a small number of reimbursements the Company made to Mexican customs agents in the 2014-2015 time period for payments the customs agents made to Mexican customs officials in connection with inspections of grain crossing the U.S.-Mexican border by railcar. We are fully cooperating with the government, including with the assistance of legal counsel, which assistance includes investigating other areas of potential interest to the government. We are unable at this time to predict when our or the government agencies’ review of these matters will be completed or what regulatory or other outcomes may result.”

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Affirmed, very distressing, scrutiny updates, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Affirmed

As highlighted in this previous post, in July 2017 Dmitrij Harder was sentenced to 60 months (5 years) in federal prison and also ordered to forfeit $1.9 million after pleading guilty to two counts of violating the FCPA for “bribing an official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).”

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