British Attorney Loses Appeal; Extradition to U.S. Underway

January 20, 2011

An attorney from north London will be extradited to the United States to face corruption charges following a ruling today by the High Court in London.

A London court previously granted the U.S. extradition request, but Tesler appealed the decision.

Jeffrey Tesler, 62, is accused by the American authorities of involvement in an international conspiracy to channel bribes to senior officials in Nigeria.

It is alleged that bribes were paid from a $132 million dollar slush fund to influence the awarding of a $6 billion dollar construction contract for a natural gas plant on Bonny Island in Nigeria.

Tesler, who has lived in north London for over 50 years, is accused of acting as the middleman in the conspiracy, said to have occurred between 1994 and 2004.

He was arrested at the request of the U.S. government after a grand jury indictment was filed at a U.S. district court in Houston, Texas, in February 2009.

The charges fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which aims to prevent the bribery of foreign officials regarding international business transactions. However, there must be sufficient evidence that proves a link to the United States in order to hold Tesler accountable under the FCPA.

Britain is set to introduce their version of the FCPA this April, known as the Bribery Act. Critics and businesses believe the Bribery Act will impose significant regulations on business practices in the U.K., more so than the FCPA. It will be interesting to follow the enforcement of the Act once it takes effect in April and to what effect it will have on business dealings with the U.S.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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Australian Faces Extradition to U.S. on Corruption Charges

December 31, 2010

An Indian court cleared the way for Neil P. Campbell, an Australian accused of soliciting a $190,000 bribe as an agent of an organization receiving federal funds from the U.S. over a building contract in Afghanistan, to be voluntarily extradited to the United States to face the charges.

Campbell has said that he does not plan to fight to extradition process.

The Indian court ruled there is enough evidence to try Campbell in the U.S. on the corruption charges.

Campbell, 60, has been in New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Prison since his arrest at an Indian airport on October 13, 2010, after an undercover sting operation by U.S. authorities. A construction manager for the International Organization for Migration in Kabul, he faces a maximum of 10 years’ incarceration in the U.S. and a $250,000 fine over the alleged soliciting of a bribe in a contract to build schools and hospitals.

The U.S. indictment alleges that between May 25 and August 5 of this year, Campbell solicited a bribe from an undercover agent of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Campbell was a member of the IOM panel that selected Afghan subcontractors.

Allegedly, Campbell met with an undercover agent on July 7 in Kabul. According to the indictment issued by the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, Campbell solicited the bribe during this meeting.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, IOM has received more than $260 million from USAID since 2002.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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