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Tag: foreign bribery

Off Color Texts Hurt Justice Department’s Largest Sting Targeting Foreign Bribery

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In text message after text message, FBI agents and their key informant joked about sex, booty calls, prostitutes, cigars, the Village People, the informant’s wives and an agent’s girlfriend. They even pondered who might play their roles in a movie based on their sting.

When arrests were announced by the Justice Department, the agents and informant basked in positive press. “It’s like an atomic mushroom cloud,” the informant gloated in a text to his FBI handler.

Since reaching court, however, there hasn’t been much to brag about in the Justice Department’s largest investigation of individuals accused of bribing foreign officials.

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Charges Against Ex-Secret Service Agent Thrown Out

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Patrick Caldwell is breathing a few sighs of relief. Bloomberg reports that the ex-deputy assistant director of the Secret Service had conspiracy charges against him thrown out last week.

In the first prosecution of alleged foreign bribery charges based on a government sting operation run inside the country, US District Judge Richard Leon  of D.C. threw out conspiracy charges against Caldwell and five other security company executives, according to Bloomberg, although the other five executives still face foreign bribery charges.

The prosecution alleged that R. Patrick Caldwell, an ex-deputy assistant director at the Secret Service and former chief executive officer of Protective Products of America, partnered in an illegal business when he agreed to pay bribes to an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative Gabon, the West African nation.

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