Ex-KBR consultant gets 21 months in U.S. prison

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Posted: Feb 23, 2012 1:14 PM
Ex-KBR consultant gets 21 months in U.S. prison

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced a former British consultant for KBR Inc. to 21 months in prison for his role in a massive scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to win $6 billion in contracts for a liquefied natural gas facility.

Jeffrey Tesler, a consultant and lawyer, pleaded guilty almost a year ago to one count of conspiracy to violate the U.S. anti-bribery law and one count of violating the bribery law known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Despite fighting extradition from Britain, he was sent to the United States in March 2011, where he entered a guilty plea. He faced up to five years in prison on each count and had already agreed to forfeit almost $150 million as part of his plea agreement.

Judge Keith Ellison sentenced Tesler to 21 months in a federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.

(Reporting By Chris Baltimore; Writing by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)