A federal judge approved deferred prosecution agreements for two companies accused of bribing U.S. Army officials to win government contracts.
Last year, former U.S. Army contracting officials Kerry Khan and Seon Lim were arrested on charges that they accepted $23 million in bribes in exchange for steering business to favored contractors.
Saena Tech and Intelligent Decisions were involved in the bribery scandal, and entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the government.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan explained the reasoning behind deferred prosecution in his 84-page opinion.
“The concept is simple: The government intends to prosecute a defendant for criminal wrongdoing, but decides that the defendant is worthy of a chance at rehabilitation and avoiding the collateral consequences that accompany a criminal conviction. Rather than seeking a conviction through a trial or guilty plea, the government agrees to defer prosecution for a period of time during which the defendant will be monitored for compliance with various conditions, in an attempt to assess the defendant’s rehabilitation. If the defendant succeeds, the government does not prosecute. If the defendant does not succeed, the government may prosecute.”
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