22 indicted in FBI sting on paying foreign bribes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says 22 employees of
military and law enforcement suppliers have been indicted in an
undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign
official.

Charged are executives and employees at companies in Arkansas,
Virginia, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania
and Kentucky. Executives at companies in the United Kingdom and
Israel also were indicted.

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission
to a sales agent they believed represented the defense minister for
an African country. They were trying to win a multimillion-dollar
deal to outfit the presidential guard.

The sales agent was actually an undercover FBI agent, and no
defense minister was involved at all.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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