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November 13, 09

NEWS / Virginia Resident Pleads Guilty to Bribing Panamanian Officials for Maritime Contract


WASHINGTON Ė Charles Paul Edward Jumet of Fluvanna County, Va., pleaded guilty today in connection with his role in a conspiracy to pay bribes to Panamanian government officials to secure a maritime contract, announced Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride, Joseph Persichini Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBIís Washington Field Office, Jennifer Smith Love, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBIís Richmond Field Office and James A. Dinkins, Special Agent-in-Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementís (ICE) Office of Investigation, Washington.


Jumet, 53, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal in Richmond, Va., to a two-count information charging him with conspiring to make corrupt payments to foreign government officials for the purpose of securing business for Ports Engineering Consultants Corporation (PECC) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and making a false statement.

PECC, a company incorporated under the laws of Panama, was affiliated with Overman Associates, an engineering firm based in Virginia Beach, Va. According to Jumetís plea, PECC was created so Jumet, Overman Associates and others could corruptly obtain a maritime contract from the Panamanian government.

According to court documents, Jumet was involved in a conspiracy to pay money secretly to Panamanian government officials for awarding PECC contracts to maintain lighthouses and buoys along Panamaís waterway. In December 1997, the Panamanian government awarded PECC a no-bid, 20-year concession to perform these duties. In exchange for the concession, Jumet and others authorized corrupt payments to the Panamanian government officials.

In 2000, Panamaís Comptroller Generalís Office suspended the contract while it investigated the governmentís decision to award PECC a contract without soliciting any bids from other firms. In 2003, the Panama government resumed making payments to PECC.

In connection with his guilty plea, Jumet admitted that from at least 1997 through approximately July 2003, he and others conspired to make corrupt payments totaling more than $200,000 to the former administrator and deputy administrator of Panamaís National Maritime Ports Authority and to a former, high-ranking elected executive official of the Republic of Panama.

In his guilty plea, Jumet also admitted that he knowingly made a false statement to federal agents about a December 1997 "dividend" check payable to the bearer in the amount of $18,000, which was endorsed and deposited into an account belonging to the former, high-ranking elected executive official. Jumet admitted that he had falsely claimed that this "dividend" check was a donation for the high-ranking officialís re-election campaign. Jumet also admitted that the "dividend" check was in fact given to the former official as a corrupt payment for allowing PECC to receive the contract from the Panamanian government.

As part of his plea agreement, Jumet has agreed to cooperate with the Department of Justice in its ongoing investigation. The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the scheme. The false statement count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2010.

The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Rina Tucker Harris of the Criminal Divisionís Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Dry of the U.S. Attorneyís Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The case was investigated by the FBIís Washington Field Office, the FBIís Richmond Field Office and ICEís Office of Investigation, Richmond and Washington.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/November/09-crm-1229.html

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