Va. Tobacco Executive Sentenced for Paying Bribes

October 22, 2010

A former executive who admitted paying bribes to help a Danville-based tobacco company secure business in Kyrgyzstan will spend three years on probation.

"The Roanoke Times" reports that a federal judge also fined Bobby Jay Elkin Jr. $5,000 during Thursday's sentencing in Danville.

Elkin had pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

According to court records, Elkin and several coconspirators paid more than $3 million in bribes to Kyrgyzstan officials from 1996 to 2004 while he was working as a manager for Dimon Inc.

Dimon merged with Standard Commerce Corp. in 2005 to form Alliance One International.

The judge ordered Alliance and its Kyrgyzstan operation to pay $9.45 million in fines.

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