On April 19, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Charles Paul Edward Jumet to 87 months (seven years and four months) in prison following a guilty plea to a two-count criminal information. The government trumpeted the result, with Assistant Attorney General Breurer stating, “Today’s sentence – the longest ever imposed for violating the FCPA – is an important milestone in our effort to deter foreign bribery. . . . As this case confirms, foreign corruption carries with it very serious penalties, which can include substantial prison time for individuals who violate the law.”
Jumet’s lengthy sentence appears to reflect both the DOJ’s increased emphasis on prosecuting and obtaining jail sentences against individuals, and also the perils of anything less than full and forthright dealings with the DOJ once they have launched an investigation. Specifically, Jumet was charged with only one count of violating the FCPA – and thus faced a maximum of 60 months on that account – but Jumet also pled guilty to a second count, i.e., of making false statements to federal prosecutors. As a result, even though Jumet did obtain the standard reduction in his Guidelines calculation for acceptance of responsibility, his ultimate Guidelines range was 87-108 months. By contrast, Jumet’s codefendant, John Warwick, who also participated in the scheme, was required to plead guilty to a single-count indictment and did not have any false statements issues in his case. Warwick received a 37-month sentence – still significant, but much less than Jumet.