Tulsa company to pay $11.8 million fine in Latin America bribes case

Mar 15, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.S. aviation company has agreed to pay an $11.8 million fine to settle a corruption case that alleges its employees bribed government officials in Mexico and Panama to secure contracts to maintain government aircraft in both countries.

The U.S. Department of Justice says in a Wednesday statement that Tulsa, Okla.-based BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. also reached an agreement with authorities to defer prosecution for three years.

Mexico's Attorney General's Office says it has opened its own investigation.

U.S. authorities say BizJet paid bribes to officials with Mexico's Federal Police, the Mexican President's Fleet, the air fleets for the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora and Panama's Civil Aviation Authority.

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