The son-in-law of Federated States of Micronesia President Peter Christian has plead guilty to money laundering before a federal court in Hawaii.
Master Halbert, according to a report from the Pacific Island Times, was arrested in Honolulu in February after being charged in connection with the bribery case against Hawaiian businessman Frank James Lyon who retained U.S.-funded FSM engineering contracts worth seven point eight million dollars.
Based on the Hawaii district court calendar, Halbert appeared before Judge Susan Oki Mollway at 11:15 a.m. on April 2. Tuesday for his arraignment.
Halbert was the assistant secretary of Civil Aviation, an office under the FSM Department of Transportation Communications and Infrastructure. The office is in charge of FSM’s aviation programs and airport management. He is accused of receiving bribes from Lyon in exchange for securing engineering and project management contracts for Lyon Associates Engineering Company.