HONOLULU - An engineering and consulting company owner that was based here in Hawaii was sentenced to 30 months in prison for involvement in an international bribery conspiracy.

53-year-old Frank James Lyon, who resides in Hawaii, pleaded guilty on Jan. 22 to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit federal program fraud. 

Between 2006 and 2016, Lyon and his co-conspirators paid bribes to foreign officials in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and to Hawaii state officials in exchange for those officials’ assisting his company in obtaining and retaining contracts valued at more than $10 million. Cash to FSM officials and Hawaii officials, and vehicles, gifts and entertainment for FSM officials were among the many bribes involved.

Micronesian citizen and government official, 44-year-old Master Halbert, pleaded guilty on April 2, to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2019.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance.