A Micronesian government official has pleaded guilty to money laundering.
The plea this week is part of an ongoing probe into millions of dollars in bribes stemming from a Hawaii businessman.
Master Halbert is the latest collateral in a bribery scandal being torn apart by the US Justice Department.
In exchange for cash bribes, he helped Hawaii businessman Frank James Lyon secure contracts worth millions of dollars.
Mr Halbert, a former aviation official in the Federated States of Micronesia, entered a plea deal on Tuesday on money laundering charges.
He faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $US500,000.
Mr Lyon pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January and will be sentenced on 13 May.