Owl Securities and Investment Ltd. / Albert Reitz
Owl Securities and Investment Ltd.
United States
Department of Justice
Costa Rica
Guilty Plea
Art. 1
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials
Conspiracy to bribe foreign officials
According to the June 2011 United States Report to the OECD, "In 2001, the Department of Justice filed charges against two executives and a part-owner of Owl Securities and Investment Ltd., a Missouri company, as well as an agent that represented the company and its wholly-owned Costa Rican subsidiary, OSI Proyectos. According to court documents, OSI Proyectos was engaged in the development of port facilities in Costa Rica, including an international airport and various luxury properties. In 1998, the ruling Costa Rican political party signed a letter agreeing to allow OSI and its subsidiary to move forward with developing the port facilities. However, before it granted formal permission, Pablo Barquero Hernandez, OSI's Costa Rican Representative indicated that OSI would be required to pay a final "closing cost" or "toll" of $1 million. This amount was later increased to $1.5 million. Together, Robert Richard King, a large shareholder in OSI, and Hernandez allegedly agreed to pay the Costa Rican ruling party a $1 million "closing cost" to secure the contract. For their roles in this bribery scheme, King and Hernandez were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Missouri on June 27, 2001. Two additional OSI executives were charged on August 3, 2001, for their roles in the illicit payments to Costa Rican officials. According to court documents, Richard K. Halford, then the CFO of OSI, had communicated with Hernandez and was aware of the payments to Costa Rican officials. He proposed opening a new account in Panama or the U.S. to route the payments. Albert Reitz, OSI?s Vice President and Secretary, assisted in raising funds from investors to pay for the bribe." Reitz was sentenced to five years' probation. (Source: US Report to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, "Steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions," Information as of May 31, 2011, Owl Securities and Investment Ltd. Case Summary at 129-130.)