A new group of defendants are on trial in federal court in the District of Columbia in the Africa sting case.
Patrick Caldwell, John Mushriqui, Jeana Mushriqui, Stephen Giordanella, John Godsey, and Marc Morales each face at least one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA.
The Africa sting case involves a three-year undercover operation in which FBI agents posed as representatives of the president of Gabon. The DOJ alleges that the defendants conspired to pay bribes to the undercover agents posing as government officials to win contracts to supply ammunition and body armor to the country’s presidential guard. No foreign official was actually involved.
A total of twenty-two defendants were charged in the Africa sting case. Three defendants have pleaded guilty. The trial of four other defendants ended in a mistrial in July when the jury deadlocked after five days of deliberations.