Jean Rene Duperval Former TELECO official convicted of bribery- related charges in Miami federal court
Jean RenĂ© Duperval, former Director of International relations at the former Haitian national telephone company TELECO (state-owned telecommunications company) has been convicted of bribery-related charges in Miami federal court.
A jury on Monday convicted Jean Rene Duperval of taking about $500,000 in bribes from two Miami businesses in exchange for lower long-distance phone contracts with Haiti Teleco from 2003 to 2004.
The Miami Herald reports Duperval’s attorney argued that since his client believed he received payments for administrative costs, not bribes, for renegotiated phone-minute contracts, he couldn’t have participated in the scheme.
Duperval faces up to 20 years in prison at his May 21 sentencing hearing.
Eight Haitian officials and Miami telecommunications executives have pleaded guilty to or been convicted of corruption or money laundering in the scheme.