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Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009
In grand-scale corruption case, a former Haitian official is held on $1M bail in Miami
By The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) - A former Haitian government official is being held in Miami on $1 million bail in connection to a telecom bribery scheme.
Robert Antoine, in handcuffs
Robert Antoine was extradited from Haiti's capital on Saturday. He is 1 of 2 former Haitian government officials accused of participating in a scam involving state-owned Haiti Teleco.

Two Miami-Dade telecommunications executives and a consulting firm's president also were indicted last week for alleged roles in a foreign bribery, wire fraud and money laundering scheme.

A federal judge on Monday ordered Antoine held on $1 million bail. U.S. Attorney Kimberly Selmore called Antoine "the primary mover and shaker" in the scheme.

Defense attorney Dennis Kainen said Antoine had known he would be charged and had intended to fly to Miami on Sunday.

Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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