MDI Man Implicated in International Bribery Scheme

MOUNT DESERT — Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., of Mount Desert and Greenwich, Conn., was sentenced Nov. 10 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to one year and one day in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving foreign officials.


Mr. Bourke, 63, was found guilty on July 10, 2009, of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related prohibitions, and of making false statements to the FBI. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ordered Mr. Bourke to pay a $1 million fine and serve three years of supervised release following the prison term.

Mr. Bourke owns two summer properties in Mount Desert. His pair of shingle-style cottages on 2 acres at 181 Peabody Drive, on the ocean, are assessed by the town at $4.6 million. At 110 Jordan Pond Road, Mr. Bourke owns a single-family house with a two-story barn on 6 acres, which is assessed by the town at $635,000.

According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Bourke participated in a scheme to bribe senior government officials in Azerbaijan with several hundred million dollars in shares of stock, cash and other gifts.

The case against Mr. Bourke and the related case pending against Mr. Kozeny are being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Mark F. Mendelsohn and Assistant Chief Robertson Park of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Harry A. Chernoff and Iris Lan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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