Maryland dentist found guilty in $84M bribery case

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A Fulton, Md., dentist and an investment firm CEO were found guilty of participating in a scheme to bribe Haitian officials in exchange for business advantages, according to the Department of Justice.

Joseph Baptiste, DDS, and Roger Boncy were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Travel Act, a June 20 press release said. Dr. Baptiste was also found guilty of one count of violating the Travel Act and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors said Dr. Baptiste and Mr. Boncy solicited bribes from undercover FBI agents who posed as potential investors. The two businessmen proposed a project that was expected to cost around $84 million.

The dentist and his partner sought to build factories, a shipping-vessel recycling station, an international transshipment station, a power plant, a petroleum depot and tourist facilities.

Dr. Baptiste and Mr. Boncy told undercover agents that they would funnel bribes to Haitian officials through a nonprofit organization run by Dr. Baptiste. They told undercover agents they would hide the bribes through money falsely earned for social programs.

The two are scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 12.

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