5 Apr 2019

Micronesian official pleads guilty to money laundering

2:30 pm on 5 April 2019

A Micronesian government official has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

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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.