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U.S. v. Joel Esquenazi, Carlos Rodriguez, Robert Antoine, Jean Rene Duperval, and Marguerite Grandison

 
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Rodriguez, Carlos
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DOJ Criminal
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December 4, 2009
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U.S. v. Joel Esquenazi, Carlos Rodriguez, Robert Antoine, Jean Rene Duperval, and Marguerite Grandison
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U.S. v. Esquenazi, et al., 1:09-cr-21010 (S.D.Fla.2009)
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Both sides of the alleged bribe, the offerors and the government officials, were charged using different statutes.
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Telecommunications-Other/Multi
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Haiti
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2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005
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Director of International Relations for Telecommunications D'Haiti and Director General of Telecommunications D'Haiti. Telecommunications D'Haiti is the state-owned national telecommunications company of Haiti.
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According to the information and plea documents, three Miami-Dade County telecommunications companies executed a series of contracts with Telecommunications D'Haiti that allowed the companies' customers to place telephone calls to Haiti. Rodriguez, an executive of one of the unnamed Miami-Dade telecommunications companies, was charged with making illegal payments to officials at Telecommunications D'Haiti. In exchange, the foreign officials conferred business advantages on the Miami-Dade County companies, including issuing preferred telecommunications rates, reducing the number of minutes for which payment was owed, and giving a variety of credits to owed sums. A shell company, owned by alleged co-conspirator Juan Diaz, and co-defendant Marguerite Grandison's company were allegedly used to make payments to the officials.

Co-defendants Robert Antoine and Jean Rene Duperval are the Haitian officials at Telecommunications D'Haiti who allegedly received the payments. They are charged only with money laundering.

On November 25, 2010, as a result of a redacted confession by Duperval, Judge Jose E. Martinez ordered the trial of Esquenazi and Rodriguez severed from the trial of Duperval and Grandison. The trial of Esquenazi and Rodriguez began on July 18, 2011, and both were convicted on all counts on August 4, 2011.

On October 13, 2011, the court denied motions for judgment of acquittal and a new trial filed by Esquenazi and Rodriguez. On October 25, 2011, Esquenazi was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed in a case involving violations of the FCPA. Rodriguez was sentenced to 84 months. The defendants were also ordered to forfeit $3.09 million. On December 29, 2011, Rodriguez moved for his release pending his appeal of his conviction and sentence to the 11th Circuit.

Duperval's trial began on March 1, 2012. On March 12, 2012, the jury convicted Duperval on all counts. On May 21, 2012, Duperval was sentenced to 9 years in prison. His appeal is pending. The case against Grandison was closed after she agreed to enter into an 18-month diversion program.
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Anti-bribery (Domestic Concern), Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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Conspiracy - Money Laundering, Money Laundering
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Conviction
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Joint forfeiture of $3.09 million.
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3,090,000
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84
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Agent of Domestic Concern, Domestic Concern, Employee of Domestic Concern, Officer of Domestic Concern
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Other Senior Officer
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U.S.
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Contract Procurement/Retention, Other Business Advantage
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Not stated.
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Wire/check
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Shell entity
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963,818
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Haiti
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United States
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No
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No