Lindsey Manufacturing Executives Guilty in Bribery Case

Two executives with a California maker of emergency electricity towers were found guilty of paying bribes including a Ferrari to officials at a Mexican state-owned utility to obtain orders.

The jury returned guilty verdicts today on all counts of conspiracy and bribing of foreign officials against Keith Lindsey, the president of closely held Lindsey Manufacturing Co., and Steve Lee, the company’s chief financial officer, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that the two men knew that a 30 percent sales commission they paid Enrique Aguilar, a Mexican representative, was used to cover more than $5 million in bribes to the officials at Comision Federal de Electricidad. Lindsey Manufacturing, based in Azusa, California, retained Aguilar in 2002 after repeatedly failing to legitimately win contracts in previous years, prosecutors said.

Jan Handzlik, a lawyer representing Lindsey and the company, which was also a defendant, didn’t immediately return a call to his office.

Aguilar, a Mexican citizen who was also indicted, is a fugitive and wasn’t present at the trial. His wife, Angela Aguilar, was arrested last year in Houston and convicted of one count of conspiracy to launder money. U.S. District Judge Howard Matz acquitted her of one count of money laundering yesterday while the jury was deliberating, her lawyer, Stephen Larson, said.

Larson said today in a phone interview that he will file a request with the judge to acquit her of the conspiracy count as well.

The case is U.S. v. Aguilar, 10-1031, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

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