Red Notice Newsletter - October 2018

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS -

DOJ Files Superseding Indictment in Haitian Port Corruption Plot -

On October 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a superseding indictment in the District of Massachusetts against Roger Boncy charging him with one count of conspiracy to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), along with one count of violating the Travel Act, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Boncy is a dual citizen of Haiti and the U.S., who resides in Madrid, Spain. The DOJ alleges that Boncy participated in a scheme to make corrupt payments to government officials of the Republic of Haiti related to a $84 million port development project. Boncy’s alleged co-conspirator, Joseph Baptiste, a Haitian¬born, retired U.S. Army colonel, was charged in the initial indictment in October 2017. Baptiste is scheduled to go to trial on December 3, 2018.

The superseding indictment alleges that the co-conspirators solicited improper payments from undercover agents who were posing as potential investors for the port development project. The agents recorded a meeting in Boston where Boncy and Baptiste told agents that they would launder money to Haitian government officials through a Maryland-based non-profit entity controlled by Baptiste. Additionally, the superseding indictment details intercepted telephone calls where Baptiste and Boncy discussed making additional improper payments to a government official's aide in order to obtain authorization for the project.

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