On April 19, 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Charles Paul Edward Jumet of Fluvanna County, CA, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for bribing former Panamanian government officials to secure maritime contracts in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and for making false statements to federal agents.
According to the court documents, from 1997 through 2003, Jumet and others conspired to bribe Panamanian government officials in exchange for awarding contracts to Ports Engineering Consultants Corporation (PECC) to maintain lighthouses and buoys along Panama's waterway. In December 1997, the Panamanian government awarded PECC a no-bid 20-year concession. Upon receipt of the concession, Jumet admitted that he and others authorized corrupt payments to be made to the Panamanian government officials totaling more that $200,000.
In addition, Jumet also made a false statement to federal agents about a dividend check payable to the bearer in the amount of $18,000 that was endorsed and deposited into an account belonging to the high-ranking elected Panamanian government official. Jumet falsely claimed that this check was a donation for the official's re-election campaign, when, in fact, Jumet admitted it was given to the Panamanian government official as a corrupt payment for allowing PECC to receive the contract.
In a related case, in February 2010, John Warwick pleaded guilty for his role in the same conspiracy to violate the FCPA. His sentencing is scheduled for May 14, 2010.