Twenty-two executives of military and law-enforcement supply companies have been arrested in a federal sting operation called the largest effort to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The defendants were charged with attempting to pay bribes to win lucrative overseas contracts worth $15 million. Two FBI undercover agents posed as representatives of the ministry of defense of an unidentified African nation.
Under the alleged scheme, the supply company executives agreed to submit invoices inflated by 20 percent to cover agreed upon bribes and kickbacks that were to be paid to the middlemen and the minister of defense. One proposed sale involved 25 grenade launchers and 70,000 grenades.