Gerald Green and Patricia Green, Los Angeles-area film executives, were found guilty of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering laws of the United States, as well as substantive violations of the FCPA and U.S. money laundering laws. The verdict was handed down late on Friday.
The Greens were charged by the Department of Justice with having bribed Thai authorities up to $1.8 million between 2002 and 2006 to receive approximately $14 million in government contracts and grants to run the Bangkok International Film Festival.
The conspiracy and FCPA charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and each of the money laundering counts carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The false subscription of a U.S. income tax return carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 17, 2009, before the Honorable George Wu in the Central District of California.
DOJ Press Release: Film Executive and Spouse Found Guilty of Paying Bribes to a Senior Thai Tourism Official to Obtain Lucrative Contracts