The Crime Scene - To Serve and Inform

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Ex-exec pleads guilty to bribery

A former executive of a company that sells body armor and other protective gear pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing officials from the United Nations and elsewhere overseas to win lucrative contracts.

Richard Bistrong admitted in federal court to helping keep $4.4 million in kickbacks off the books between 2001-2006 at Armor Holdings of Jacksonville, Fla., where he was vice president for international sales.

The bribes included $200,000 to United Nations officials to win $6 million in contracts to provide body armor to peacekeeping forces. He also said he authorized payments to a Dutch police officer for a pepper spray contract and a Nigerian elections official for fingerprint ink pads.

Bistrong is cooperating with the U.S. government’s investigation into bribery schemes and pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count that carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. Judge Richard Leon did not schedule a sentencing date as Bistrong continues to aid with prosecution of others involved in the ring.

Bistrong was charged in January as 22 other executives of suppliers to military and law enforcement agencies were arrested in an FBI sting. Most were rounded up while attending their industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Va. court overturns death sentence
Next: Recap: Discovery hostages on Oprah

Comments

Be Strong Bistrong...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YssyHNAU8T4

Posted by: citizenp77 | September 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company