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Don’t speak at anti-corruption event, then demand a bribe payment

Tom Fox | July 11, 2017

In what The Man From FCPA can term as emanating from the “Well That’s Awkward Dept.,” it was recently reported that Colombia’s top anti-corruption prosecutor was arrested in Miami, U.S., for, you guessed it—attempted corruption through extortion of a criminal defendant. Luis Gustavo Moreno was arrested in June after he was alleged to have demanded payments “in exchange for favorable treatment and names of witnesses” from a criminal defendant, Alejandro Lyons Muskus, the former Governor of the Colombian state of Córdoba. Lyons had been charged with some 20 counts related to an embezzlement scheme.

Lyons is in the United States avoiding charges back in his home country and fighting extradition back to Colombia. He was, however, “cooperating with the federal authorities and had agreed to wear a wire during meetings with the...

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