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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/ 4/2010

World Bank official sentenced for lying

By Washington Post Editors

A World Bank economist living in Falls Church will spend one day in jail and two years on supervised release after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI during a human trafficking investigation.

The FBI investigated Anne Bakilana's treatment of her domestic servant.

Bakilana pleaded guilty to charges of making fictitious and fraudulent statements earlier this year. She has agreed to pay the domestic servant $41,000 in restitution after failing to pay her a prevailing wage and overtime.

Prosecutors say the victim has been granted a temporary visa.

A World Bank spokesman says the bank's rules call for termination of staff members convicted of felonies, but says each case is reviewed individually to ensure due process was followed.

--Washington Examiner

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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While the American upper class enjoys a reasonably fair and humane legal system, those in the lower economic classes have a completely different experience: police who act as a brutally corrupt occupying force rather than public servants, incompetent/overworked/uncaring "public defenders" who spend mere minutes with their clients, prosecutors who care more about scoring convictions than achieving justice, and a court system so completely overwhelmed that 90% of convictions are now achieved through extortive "plea bargains" rather than jury trials ("just stop pretending you're innocent, and we'll make sure you only get 10 years rather than life").

This economist got a humane and reasonable sentence for his crime. Would he have gotten the same result without the advantages of upper-class membership?

Posted by: kcx7 | July 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

There should be a fine as well and dismissal from the World Bank. Most WB employees in DC are not citizens and therefore do not pay income taxes. Anne Bakilana is greedy and is now a convict!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | July 4, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And Americans find it nearly impossible to obtain positions at the World Bank and IMF. She should be terminated immediately, diplomatic immunity revoked and returned to her home country.

Posted by: cynical1 | July 4, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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