Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, May 18, 2020

CONVICTED CO-DEFENDANT IN NG LAP SENG BRIBERY CASE SHOWS UP AS PART OF DOMINICAN DIPLOMATIC CONTINGENT




Remember Francis Lorenzo* a/k/a Frank Lorenzo ? He was one of the defendants in the United Nations bribery (FCPA) trial of Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who took the Dominica diplomatic passport he bought under the table from corrupt officials as his ticket into the UN, and subsequently tried to bribe members of the organization to designate a building in Macau that Seng planned to build as the official UN South-South Conference Center, with an annual on-site conference planned.

Lorenzo cooperated extensively with law enforcement agencies of the United States, and as a result he was sentenced to just "Time Served" after his bribery and money laundering conviction, meaning he was in prison for approximately twenty days. It did cost him financially ($250,000), but he basically escaped serving any significant prison time. He also is required to perform Community Service.

Apparently, the United Nations, whose General Assembly President he bribed, has no prohibitions regarding convicted felons serving as diplomats therein, for an alert journalist who covers the UN beat spotted Lorenzo recently, serving as a part of the diplomatic contingent from the Dominican Republic. The very public nature of the Seng Un bribery case means that the details of his conviction
was well known to UN officials, yet they allowed Lorenzo to continue to serve as a member of the diplomatic corps from the Dom Rep. What's wrong with this picture ?
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United States vs. Francis Lorenzo, Case No.: 15-Cr-706 (SDNY).

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