|Published:||Jul 11, 2012 10:40 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2012 10:40 AM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - The former head of Haiti's state-owned telecommunications company has been sentenced to one year in prison for accepting bribes from Miami-based businesses.
Patrick Joseph was sentenced Friday in Miami federal court. He also was ordered to pay $955,596 in fines.
Joseph was the director general of Haiti Teleco. He pleaded guilty in February to a money laundering conspiracy charge and agreed to testify about sharing bribery payments with other senior Haitian officials.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/MgQSmS ) reports that Joseph told U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez he was "extremely sorry for what happened."
Shortly after Joseph's plea deal was reported, unidentified gunmen killed his father, Venel Joseph, in Haiti's capital. Venel Joseph was director of Haiti's Central Bank during ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's second term. The slaying remains unsolved.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
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