Judge Dismisses Lindsey FCPA Case, Finding Prosecutorial Misconduct

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In May 2011, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Lindsey Manufacturing Co., its president Keith Lindsey, and CFO Steve Lee, on foreign bribery charges for their dealings with Mexico’s state-owned electricity utility, Comision Federal de Electricidad. The prosecutors claimed that Lindsey Manufacturing retained Enrique Aguilar, a Mexican company representative, after repeatedly failing to win contracts legitimately – and that the defendants knew that the sales commission they paid to Aguilar was used to cover more than $5 million in bribes to officials at the Comision.

The defendants faced as long as five years in prison for each of five counts of bribing a foreign official, as well as five years for a conspiracy count. However on December 1, 2011, U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz, who oversaw the jury trial, dismissed those convictions with prejudice due to government misconduct after ruling on the defense’s Motion to Dismiss and Supplemental Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss.

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