One Hungarian found guilty in Bunge corruption scandal

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A Hungarian man was found guilty as an accessory to corruption and was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence yesterday, according to American newspaper The Gazette. The man was accused of offering tax breaks and other incentives to an employee of the American food company Bunge amounting to HUF 2 billion.

The defendant, Viktor András T., was prosecuted after the United States prevented Hungarian officials suspected of corruption from traveling to the country, including former tax authority chief Ildikó Vida, who denied any wrongdoing, and resigned from her position months after the scandal broke due to “family reasons”. 

Bunge reported the bribery solicitations to the U.S. government after declining the offer.

While the prosecutors named András T. the architect of the bribery scheme, the court stated that it believed the true leader was yet to be discovered.

The verdict was appealed by the defense and the prosecution.

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