On April 7, 2009, Shu Quan-Sheng, a Chinese native and naturalized U.S. citizen who is the President, Secretary and Treasurer of a Virginia-based high-tech company with offices in Beijing, was sentenced to more than four years in prison for, among other things, violating the FCPA. Shu offered US$189,300 in "percentage points" or bribes to three Chinese officials at a research institute overseen by the Chinese Commission of Science Technology and Industry for the National Defense in order to influence their decisions and secure an improper advantage in obtaining a lucrative contract. As a result of these improper payments, a US$4 million contract was awarded to a French company represented by Shu.

After pleading guilty in November 2008 to one count of violating the FCPA and two counts of violating the Arms Export Control Act, the PhD physicist forfeited US$386,740 to the federal government. Another example of the DOJ's continued focus on prosecuting individuals for FCPA violations, Shu's sentence illustrates the potentially severe consequences that individuals convicted of violating the FCPA face.

The DOJ's press release can be found here.