Police, Military Products Execs Arrested in Historic Case

Twenty-two executives and employees of companies in the military and law enforcement products industry have been indicted for engaging in schemes to bribe foreign government officials to obtain and retain business, according to a report and documents obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police’s Fraud Committee.

Twenty-one defendants were arrested in Las Vegas on Friday, while one defendant was arrested in Miami. The indictments stem from an FBI undercover operation that focused on allegations of foreign bribery in the military and law enforcement products industry.

The 16 indictments represent the largest single investigation and prosecution against individuals in the history of DOJ’s enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a law that prohibits U.S. persons and companies, and foreign persons and companies acting in the United States, from bribing foreign government officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business.

The indictments unsealed on Friday had been returned on December 11, 2009, by a grand jury in Washington, D.C.