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Six Years After Being Charged In Connection With Conduct That Took Place Approximately 15 Years Ago, Hoskins Finally Goes To Trial

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In 2013, the DOJ criminally charged Lawrence Hoskins (a United Kingdom national and former senior vice president for the Asia region for France-based Alstom) with conspiracy to violate the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions among other charges. (See here for the prior post). The conduct at issue alleged occurred between 2002 and 2004.

Six years after being charged and approximately 15 years after the alleged conduct at issue took place, this morning in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut the trial of Hoskins will begin.

As stated by the DO in 2013:

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In Post-Trial Motions, Baptiste Seeks Judgment Of Acquittal Or New Trial Based On Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel

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As highlighted in this previous post, in 2017 (in connection with an undercover string) the DOJ unsealed criminal charges against Joseph Baptiste (a retired U.S. Army Colonel, practicing dentist, and founder / president of a Maryland-based Haitian focused non-profit) for alleged Haitian bribery.

In the original charging document, it was noted as follows:

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The Number Of FCPA Trials This Fall Is A Coincidence

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Nowadays, it seems, things just can’t happen. Rather when things happen, it must be a sign of something else, causation is assumed, and a supposed new trend with big picture implications is unfolding.

For instance, this Fall there are four Foreign Corrupt Practices Act individual trials scheduled.

This is unusual.

But as highlighted below, it is likely a coincidence and not, as some commentators stated in this Law360 article, a sign that the DOJ’s FCPA Unit is “coming into its own” or that an “increase in prosecutors and agents is behind the uptick in cases.”

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Judge Denies Hoskins’ Motion To Dismiss Based On Violations Of Speedy Trial Act Rights And Fifth And Sixth Amendment Rights

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Previous posts here and here highlighted the motion to dismiss filed by Lawrence Hoskins (a U.K. national criminally charged with FCPA offenses in 2013) based on violations of his Speedy Trial Act rights and his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.

Earlier this week, Judge Janet Bond Arterton (D. Conn.) denied the motion to dismiss paving the way for Hoskins’ trial to begin on October 16th.

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Jury Convicts Baptiste And Boncy

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As highlighted in this previous post, in 2017 (in connection with an undercover string) the DOJ unsealed criminal charges against Joseph Baptiste (a retired U.S. Army Colonel, practicing dentist, and founder / president of a Maryland-based Haitian focused non-profit) for alleged Haitian bribery.

As highlighted in this previous post, in 2018 the DOJ added criminal charges against Roger Boncy in connection with the same core conduct.

Unlike most individual FCPA defendants, Baptiste and Boncy put the DOJ to its burden of proof. As indicated in this recent DOJ release after a two-week jury trial, a federal jury in Boston found Baptiste guilty of one count of violating the Travel Act and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and Boncy guilty of one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and the Travel Act.

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