Aruban telecom official pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy involving FCPA violations

An Aruban telecom official pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in connection with a scheme to arrange and receive corrupt payments to influence the awarding of contracts in Aruba. The DOJ’s press release describes the company as an Aruban state-owned company. According to his plea agreement, a Dutch citizen living in Florida operated a money laundering conspiracy between 2005 and 2016 in his position as the company’s product manager. An individual who owned several Florida-based telecommunications companies, previously pleaded guilty to paying bribes to the official and his wife.

The official admitted that he conspired with the individual and others to transmit funds from Florida and elsewhere in the United States to Aruba and Panama with the intent to promote a wire fraud scheme and a corrupt scheme that violated the FCPA. The official was promised and received bribes

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