Florida law, military enforcement suppliers among those arrested in bribery sting

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says 22 employees of military and law enforcement suppliers have been indicted in an undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.

Charged are executives and employees at companies in Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Executives at companies in the United Kingdom and Israel also were indicted.

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission to a sales agent they believed represented the defense minister for an African country. They were trying to win a multimillion-dollar deal to outfit the presidential guard.

The sales agent was actually an undercover FBI agent, and no defense minister was involved at all.

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