In mid-January, a federal district court sentenced Antonio Perez, the former controller of a Florida telecommunications company, to 24 months’ imprisonment for participating in a conspiracy to pay and conceal bribes to former Haitian government officials. In April 2009, Perez had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make payments from his employer to officials of Haiti’s state-owned telecommunications company.

Perez had acted as an agent for J. D. Locator Services, a shell company that laundered funds from various US telecommunications companies that were used to bribe several Haitian government officials. The owners of the telecom firm are set to go to trial in federal court next month.