Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Micronesian government official pleads guilty to federal bribery charge

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The son-in-law of the president of Micronesia has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.

Master Halbert admitted Tuesday he took bribes from local engineer Jim Lyons in exchange for a $7.8 million contract. Halbert, who was an assistant secretary for civil aviation for Micronesia’s Department of Transportation, now faces up to 20 years in prison, but will likely get less under a plea deal.

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