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Macau Billionaire Convicted of Bribing U.N. Officials

August 18, 2017, Covington Alert

On July 27, 2017, a Manhattan federal jury convicted Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng of bribing Caribbean diplomats to the United Nations (“UN”) to secure the organization’s support for a multi-billion dollar convention center that Ng hoped to build in Macau.  After a five-week trial, the jury took just seven hours to return a guilty verdict on all six charges: one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), two counts of violating the FCPA, one count of federal program bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of money laundering.  With this verdict, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) marked its first victory in six years in a contested FCPA proceeding when put to its burden of proof. 


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