Ex-Executive in Connecticut Charged With Indonesian Bribe

A former executive of a U.S. subsidiary of a French power and transportation company was charged in Connecticut with bribing Indonesian officials to obtain contracts.

William Pomponi, 65, a former vice president of sales for the Connecticut-based unit, was charged yesterday in federal court with conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and with money laundering, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut.

Charges against Frederic Pierucci, a former head of global sales for the Connecticut company, and a guilty plea in connection with the bribery by another former sales executive, David Rothschild, were announced April 16 by the U.S. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to name the French parent company. When Pierucci was charged, it was identified as Alstom SA.

Alstom SA operates a subsidiary, Alstom Power Co., in Windsor, Connecticut, according to its website.

Pomponi and the others were charged with paying bribes to a member of the Indonesian Parliament and officials at the state-owned electricity company to secure a $118 million contract to provide power to its citizens.

The conspirators hired consultants to funnel “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to the recipients of the bribes, according to the statement.

From 2005 to 2009, employees of the Connecticut subsidiary transferred more than $666,000 to a consultant who deposited the money in a Maryland bank, according to the complaint.

Indonesian Bank

More than $360,000 of that amount was later sent to a bank account in Indonesia that prosecutors said belonged to the government official who “had influence over the award of contracts” by the state-owned utility.

Tim Brown, an Alstom spokesman, said at the time Pierucci was charged that the company “has been working constructively with the Department of Justice for the last two years to address any allegations of past misconduct.” Alstom is based in Levallois-Perret, France.

Each money-laundering charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison plus fines.

The case is U.S. v. Pierucci, 3:12-cr-00238, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (New Haven).

(Updates with details from complaint in sixth paragraph.)
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