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Former Haiti Teleco Director Jailed for Accepting Bribes

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A former director of international relations at Telecommunications D'Haiti (Haiti Teleco), a Haitian state owned telecommunications company, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a scheme to launder bribes paid to him by two Miami based telecommunications companies.

Duperval, 45 who lives in Florida, was also ordered to forfeit US$497,331 in addition to the jail time.

Duperval was the director of international relations for Haiti Teleco, the sole provider of land line telephone service in Haiti. According to the evidence presented at trial, two Miami-based telecommunications companies had a series of contracts with Haiti Teleco that allowed the companies' customers to place telephone calls to Haiti.

Duperval was convicted for participating in a scheme to commit money laundering from 2003 to 2006, during which time the telecommunications companies collectively paid approximately $500,000 to two shell companies to funnel the bribes to Duperval.

To support these payments, the companies and their executives created false documents claiming that the payments were for "consulting services" or for "international minutes from USA to Haiti." To conceal the nature of these funds, Duperval falsely characterized these payments as "commissions" and "payroll."

Duperval was the seventh defendant involved in the corruption scheme to be sentenced.

Haiti Teleco was privatized in 2010 and is now controlled by Vietnam's Viettel.

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