Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Global Impact: Canadians File Chages Against US Execs, Briton in Failed Air India Bid-Rigging Scheme

Canadian federal police announced fraud and bribery charges Wednesday (June 4) against two US executives and a Briton in a failed Air India bid-rigging scheme.

Arrest warrants have been issued for US nationals Robert Barra and Dario Berini, as well as Briton Shailesh Govindia. 
All three once worked for Cryptometrics, which specializes in developing biometric devices and software, and now face charges of corruption and fraud. 

COMMENT: The trio were reportedly involved in a conspiracy to bribe an Indian civil aviation official and executives at state-owned Air India in 2006, in hopes of obtaining a US$100 million contract for Cryptometrics's facial recognition technology.

Another Canadian, Nazir Karigar, last month became the first person in this country to be convicted in the scheme, who was found guilty under Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, which previously had been used to prosecute corporations. 

Karigar was sentenced to three years in prison. No evidence of money transfers to Indian officials was presented at his trial. Prosecutors presented proof at trial that the accused intended to pay a bribe.

CryptoMetrics did not win the contract.