CNMI businessman in Laos bribery probe

4:53 pm on 19 June 2015

The government of Laos is investigating a businessman from the Northern Marianas John K. Baldwin in an alleged bribery case.

He is the co-owner of Bridge Capital LLC and accused of bribing Lao officials with more than US$300,000 that caused termination of an audit and cost the Lao government 70 million dollars in lost tax revenue over a five-year period.

In addition, court documents state that Laos also produced an email from Mr Baldwin, allegedly instructing his staff to pay 120,000 dollars to a Cambodian official to obtain a Cambodian lottery license.

A lawyer asked the federal court to allow Laos to serve a subpoena pursuant to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.