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Former Exec. Charged with Foreign Bribery Scheme

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File -- A man sits handcuffed.  (credit Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

File — A man sits handcuffed. (credit Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A former executive of a French power and transportation company was charged Tuesday with participating in a scheme to pay bribes to officials in Indonesia, while another official pleaded guilty in the case.

The U.S. Justice Department said 62-year-old Lawrence Hoskins was charged in Connecticut with conspiring to violate the Foreign Corruption Practices Act and to launder money.

The indictments did not name the company, which is not charged in the case and has a subsidiary in Connecticut. Alstom, a French company, said in a statement in April that it “has been working constructively with the Justice Department for the last two years to address allegations of past misconduct.”

Prosecutors say Frederic Pierucci, a current company executive previously charged in the case, pleaded guilty Monday to violating the Foreign Corruption Practices Act.

Authorities say Hoskins, a former senior vice president for the Asia region for the company, is overseas, and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

The alleged scheme involved paying bribes to officials in Indonesia, including a member of Indonesia’s parliament and high-ranking members of the state-owned and state-controlled electricity company in that country, for help in securing a $118 million power contract.

Two others were charged, including one who pleaded guilty last year.

The defendants retained two consultants to conceal the bribes, prosecutors said. The first consultant received hundreds of thousands of dollars to funnel bribes, and a second consultant was hired by co-conspirators to more effectively bribe officials, authorities said.

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