Halbert pleads guilty to bribery charges


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.


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Louella Losinio is PNC's News Director for TV and Digital Media. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times, As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.