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Haiti Teleco—the sordid affair nears an end

Tom Fox | March 13, 2017

The 2011 Haiti Teleco FCPA matter brought some of the most dramatic results of any recent FCPA matter on record.

For two of the defendants who went to trial in October 2011, it was very costly in terms of their personal freedom. After a trial, the judge sentenced Joel Esquenazi to 15 years in prison for his role in the case; his co-defendant Carlos Rodriguez was given a seven-year sentence. Both were the longest sentences ever doled out for FCPA convictions at trial or guilty pleas.

Four other individuals pled guilty and were sentenced for their roles in the matter. The first two were in 2009. Antonio Perez pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in jail. Juan Diaz pled guilty and was sentenced to 57 months in jail. The next year, Jean Fourcand pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison. Finally, in a related action, a former director of international affairs for Haiti Teleco, who had received the bribe, pled guilty to money laundering. In 2010 Robert...

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