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Roger Ng to spend 10 years behind bars in 1MDB bribery case

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Former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng arrives at U.S. Federal Court in New York on Feb. 8, 2022. Ng, former head of investment banking in Malaysia, was convicted of federal charges of conspiracy to launder money and violate US anti-bribery laws. (Photo by YUKI IWAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng will spend a decade in prison for his role in a $4 billion money laundering and corruption conspiracy in the 1MDB case, which involved the looting of Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund.

The Department of Justice denounced Ng’s contributions to what they called a “massive and egregious bribery and money laundering scheme,” which robbed common Malaysians of billions.

“The Justice Department remains firmly committed to holding accountable individuals who engage in corruption, undermine the rule of law, and abuse our financial system to launder their illicit funds,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, wrote in a statement.

Ng received more than $35 million in kickbacks between 2012 and 2013, the jury found. Some of the money in the scheme was used for bribes.

Calling the scheme “obscene in its greed,” the Eastern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney Breon Peace celebrated Ng’s conviction last year as a “victory for not only the rule of law but also for the people of Malaysia.” He sounded a similar tone upon Ng’s sentencing.

“Roger Ng was a central player in a brazen and audacious scheme that not only victimized the people of Malaysia, but also risked undermining the public’s confidence in governments, markets, businesses and other institutions on a global scale,” Peace said.

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