Macau (MNA) – Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng was sentenced to four years in a United States prison after he was convicted of bribing two United Nations (UN) ambassadors for over US$1.7 million as part of a construction scheme for third-world development planning in Macau, Reuters reported on Saturday.
Ng, a Macau real estate developer, was convicted by a jury last year of bribing the late former UN General Assembly president John Ashe and Dominican Ambassador Francis Lorenzo in exchange for their support of Ng’s scheme to build a UN conference centre in Macau that would turn the city into a ‘Geneva of Asia.’
As stated in Reuters and South China Morning Post, prosecutors urged the U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick to imprison Ng for at least six years, arguing that the real estate magnate was interested in profits, not philanthropy as his lawyer described.
However, Judge Vernon Broderick said Ng deserved the sentence in part because he threw his money around without pausing to consider the consequences.
Ng will remain under 24-hour surveillance in his Manhattan apartment on US$50 million bail until he has to report to prison in mid-July.
One of his lawyers indicated that there would be an appeal.
In response, Judge Broderick refused to postpone imprisonment while Ng pursues an appeal.
Ng was order to forfeit US$1.5 million, and pay restitution of US$302,000 in addition to the four year prison term.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]