Key Witness In Embraer Case Avoids Prison For Saudi Bribe

By Pete Brush (December 12, 2018, 11:01 PM EST) -- A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday allowed a 62-year-old former Embraer SA executive to avoid prison for paying a fat bribe to improve a jet-purchase deal with oil giant Saudi Aramco, but fined him $25,000 for failing to immediately disclose a $130,000 kickback he took in the bargain.

U.S. District Judge Allison J. Nathan told defendant Colin Steven, a British citizen who lives in the United Arab Emirates, that she considered giving him a short prison sentence for initially hiding the kickback even though prosecutors have furnished him with a coveted letter asking for leniency in exchange for his cooperation....

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