On June 25, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that John Webster Warwick, a 64-year old Virginia Beach, VA, resident, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Richmond, VA, to 37 months in prison for conspiring to pay bribes to former Panamanian government officials to secure maritime contracts.
On February 10, 2010, Warwick pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make corrupt payments to foreign government officials for the purpose of securing business for Ports Engineering Consultants Corporation (PECC) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
According to court documents, Warwick and others conspired to pay money secretly to Panamanian government officials for awarding contracts to PECC. In December 1997, the Panamanian government awarded PECC a no-bid 20-year concession. In December 1997, Warwick and others authorized payments to be made to the Panamanian government officials, which totaled more than $200,000.
In addition to the prison term, Warwick forfeited $331,000 in proceeds of the conspiracy and will be subject to a two-year supervised release following his prison term.