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Joseph Jailed In Haiti Telco Case

Chris Matthews of the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that a former official at state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M. (Haiti telco) was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Patrick Joseph, 49, could have been sentenced to twenty years but received leniency in return for his cooperation in the sprawling Haiti telco case, Matthews said. Joseph pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to launder money.

Judge Jose E. Martinez on Friday also ordered him to forfeit about $1 million.

In May, Robert Antoine, the former international affairs director of Haiti telco, had his sentence for money laundering cut from four years to eighteen months after he testified against other defendants 

Among the defendants convicted in the Haiti telco case are Joel Esquenazi, whose 15-year sentence is the longest in FCPA history, and Carlos Rodriguez, who’s now serving a 7-year jail term. Both have appealed their convictions.

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