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U.S. v. Charles Paul Edward Jumet

 
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Jumet, Charles Paul Edward
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DOJ Criminal
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November 10, 2009
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U.S. v. Charles Paul Edward Jumet
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United States v. Charles Paul Edward Jumet, No. 09-cr-00397 (E.D. Va. Nov. 10, 2009)
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Jumet was likely only charged with conspiracy rather than the substantive offense because almost all of his conduct took place outside of the five year statute of limitations. For conspiracy, the statute of limitations can reach back to criminal behavior more than five years old if the conspiracy ended within the last five years. It is also possible that the DOJ made a request for foreign evidence from Panama, which could have tolled the statute of limitations for up to three additional years.
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Engineering Services
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Panama
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1997; 1999; 2003
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Deputy Adminstrator of Panama's Maritime Ports Authority; Panamanian government officials
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Charles Paul Edward Jumet, a United States citizen, was vice president and then later president of the Ports Engineering Consultants Corporation (PECC) from the period of 1997 through 2003. PECC, a Panama company, was affiliated with Overman Associates, a Virginia engineering company, and was organized so that Jumet and Overton Associates could corruptly obtain a maritime contract from the Panamanian government.

In 1997, PECC was awarded a no-bid, 20 year contract by the Administrator of Panama's National Maritime Ports Authority that allowed it to collect tariffs from ships that went into the port of Panama, to maintain the lighthouse and buoys, and to conduct engineering studies. Jumet was involved in a conspiracy to pay money to Panamanian officials to obtain this contract. In exchange for the contract, Jumet and others authorized over $200,000 in corrupt payments to the Administrator of Panama's National Maritime Ports Authority as well as to another high ranking Panamanian government official.

The contract was suspended by Panama's Comptroller General in 2000, but after an investigation payments to PECC by the Panamanian government resumed in 2003.

Jumet was charged with conspiring with others to bribe foreign officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as making a false statement to the U.S. government. Jumet was also charged with one count of making a false statement for claiming that an $18,000 payment to "Government Official C" was a campaign contribution rather than a bribe to obtain lucrative contracts for PECC. Jumet entered into a plea agreement on November 13, 2009, admitting the above facts and agreeing to cooperate with the DOJ in its ongoing investigation.
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Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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Plea
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On April 22, 2010, Jumet was sentenced to a term of 60 months imprisonment with three years of supervised release. He was also fined $15,000.
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15,000
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60
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Domestic Concern, Employee of Domestic Concern, Stockholder of Domestic Concern
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Other Senior Officer, President
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U.S.
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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Not stated.
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Cash, Wire/check
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207,000
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Panama
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No