Thailand Extradites Two Marshall Islands Nationals to the U.S. on Corruption Charges

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Thursday, September 8, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

 On September 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two Marshall Island nationals arrived in the U.S. after Thailand extradited them.  Cary Yan, 50, and Gina Zhou, 34, are charged with allegedly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, and conspiracy to commit those offenses with respect to a scheme to bribe elected officials of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in exchange for enacting certain legislation.  They were expected to make their initial court appearance on September 6 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.[1]

[1]   U.S. Department of Justice, Former Heads of New York-Based Non-Governmental Organization Charged with Bribing elected Officials of the Marshall Islands Extradited to the United States from Thailand, Press Rel. No. 22-945, Sept. 2, 2022.