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A Survey Of FCPA Sentences

Last week in Houston the three KBR-related sentences ranged from 30 months in prison for Jack Stanley to just a year of unsupervised probation for Wojciech Chodan. Jeffrey Tesler was in the middle with 21 months in jail.

How do their sentences compare? The average FCPA-related prison term is about two years. But the sentencing range is huge and if there’s a pattern, we don’t see it.

Our list is a sampler and doesn’t include everyone.

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Ramendra Basu, 51, an Indian national and former World Bank employee, was sentenced in 2008 to 15 months in prison.

Frederic Bourke, 65, was sentenced in 2009 to a year and a day in prison. He’s out on bail while his lawyers appeal his conviction.

Jim Bob Brown, 50, Jason Edward Steph, 42, were managers for Willbros. They were sentenced in 2010. Brown received a year and a day in prison and Steph 15 months.


Wojciech Chodan, 74, from a KBR company in the U.K., received no jail time and just one year of unsupervised probation. He was also allowed to leave right away for his home in Britain.

Bobby Jay Elkin Jr., a country manager in Kyrgyzstan for tobacco company Dimon Inc, copped just three years probation in 2010. He was allowed to leave the U.S. during his probation and work overseas.

Joel Esquenazi, 52, was sentenced in federal court in Miami last year to a 15-year prison term — the longest in an FCPA-related case.

Jorge Granados, 55, once head of Latin Node Inc., was sentenced in 2011 to 46 months in prison for bribing government officials in Honduras.

Gerald and Patricia Green, the first husband and wife sentenced under the FCPA, each got six months in jail in 2010. Gerald Green, 80, was suffering from emphysema.

Charles Edward Jumet, 55, was sentenced to 87 months in prison in 2010.

David Kay and Douglas Murphy of American Rice were convicted in 2005. Kay received 37 months in prison and Murphy 63 months. They started serving their sentences after losing their finals appeals in late 2008.

Joseph Lukas, a co-defendant with the Nguyens, was let off with just two years probation.

Ousama Naaman, 62, Innospec’s agent in Iraq, was given 30 months in prison late last year.

Nam Nguyen was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2010. His brother, An Nguyen, received 9 months, and their sister, Kim Nguyen, was sentenced to two years probation.

Richard John Novak, 62, part of a Spokane, Washington–based diploma mill syndicate who bribed foreign officials to obtain accreditation of phony schools, was placed on three years probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

Antonio Perez received two years in prison this year in the Haiti Telco case. He admitted paying $36,375 in bribes.

Carlos Rodriguez, 55, Esquenazi’s co-defendant, was given an 84-month sentence.

Christian Sapsizian, 65, a French citizen and former Alcatel executive, was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and forfeiture of $261,500.

Shu Quan-Sheng, 70, a native of China, naturalized U.S. citizen and PhD physicist, was sentenced in 2009 to 51 months in prison. He also faced export control charges.

Leo Winston Smith was given just 6 months jail time in December 2010. The former salesman for Pacific Consolidated Industries was 75 and in poor health.

Albert ‘Jack’ Stanley, 69, the mastermind behind KBR’s Nigeria bribery scheme, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years probation following his release.

Jeffrey Tesler, 63, was given 21 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for delivering $132 million in bribes for KBR and its partners. Tesler also forfeited $149 million as part of his plea deal.

John Webster Warwick, 66, Charles Jumet’s co-defendant, received 37 months in prison.

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