Former BizJet President Pleads Guilty to Bribery
The former president and CEO of Tulsa headquartered BizJet pleaded guilty to bribery charges.
57-year-old Bernd Kowalewski is the third and most senior executive to plead guilty for charges of bribing officials in Mexico and Panama to get contract deals.
"While Kowalewski and his fellow executives referred to the corrupt payments as 'commissions' and 'incentives,' they were bribes, plain and simple," Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. "Though he was living abroad when the charges were unsealed, the reach of the law extends beyond U.S. borders, resulting in Kowalewski's arrest in Amsterdam and his appearance in court today in the United States. Today's guilty plea is an example of our continued determination to hold corporate executives responsible for criminal wrongdoing whenever the evidence allows."
Others who pleaded guilty include the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing and the former Vice President of Finance.
Jald Jensen, the former sales manager at BizJet, has also been indicted for conspiracy and allegedly for money laundering while living overseas.