MIAMI -- The former president of a Miami telecommunications company has been sentenced to a record 15-year prison term in a Haitian bribery case.
Prosecutors say the sentence imposed Wednesday on 52-year-old Joel Esquenazi was the longest ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Another former executive at Terra Telecommunications Corp. received an eight-year sentence.
The two were convicted in August of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to violate the anti-corruption law.
Court records show they paid $890,000 into shell companies used to bribe Haitian officials. The goal was for Terra to gain advantage over competitors for business with Haiti's state-owned communications company. The scheme ran from November 2001 to March 2005.
Four other people have been convicted and sent to prison. Five others are charged in a separate indictment.