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

 
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Antoine, Robert
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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
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Antoine was one of the officials at Telecommunications D'Haiti who allegedly received bribes.
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According to court 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. Five individuals were charged with making illegal payments to officials at Telecommunitions D'Haiti, one of whom was Antoine. 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 the payments.

On March 12, 2010, Antoine entered a guilty plea on conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.

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.

After a 2.5 week trial, Esquenazi and Rodriguez were both convicted on August 5, 2011. 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.

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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Conspiracy - Money Laundering, Money Laundering
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Plea
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48 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
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Not stated.
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48
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Other Person
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Foreign
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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