The Department of Justice unsealed four FCPA indictments last week against individuals involved in the Bizjet International Sales and Support, Inc. cases settled last year. The charges were brought against Bernd Kowaleski, the former president and chief executive officer of the company, Jald Jensen, the former sales manager, Peter DuBois, the former vice president of sales and marketing and Neal Uhl, the former vice president of finance. Bizjet is an indirect subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, a German provider of aircraft related services.
Messrs. DuBois and Uhal pleaded guilty to criminal informations on January 5, 2012, about two months before the company settled. Each entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. DuBois also entered a guilty plea to one count of violating the FCPA. Each man’s sentence was reduced to probation and eight months of home confinement. Under the sentencing guidelines Mr. DuBois would have received a sentence of 108 to 120 months in prison while Mr. Uhl would have been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison.
Messrs. Kowaleski and Jensen have not been arrested. Both fled in January 2012. Each man is named in an indictment charging conspiracy to violate the FCPA, substantive violations of the Act and money laundering.