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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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Ex-Secret Service Agent-Turned Executive on Trial in Foreign Bribery Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent, who rose through the ranks to become a deputy assistant director, is on trial in federal court in Washington in what Bloomberg news reports is the first prosecution of a foreign bribery based on a government sting run inside the U.S.

Ex-agent R. Patrick Caldwell is on trial with five other security executives, Bloomberg reported.

Prosecutors in court on Wednesday accused Caldwell, the former chief executive officer of Protective Products of America Inc., with joining an illegal business deal by agreeing to make payments to an FBI agent posing as a representative of the west African country of Gabon, Bloomberg reported.

“Most corrupt deals are never discovered by law enforcement, but this time someone was watching and someone was recording the deal — the FBI,” Laura Perkins, a Justice Department trial attorney, told the jury, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reported that the trial is the second in a 22-defendant kick back scheme that involved a fake multi-million weapons deal.

Bloomberg reported that “it’s the biggest U.S. prosecution of individuals accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

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