American charged with bribery in Australia over bank contract

March 18, 2015 8:52 AM

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SYDNEY – A U.S. citizen who was recently a senior executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia pleaded not guilty in a Sydney court Wednesday to charges that he accepted bribes to award a contract to a U.S. information technology firm.

Keith Robert Hunter, 61, formerly of San Francisco, and his alleged accomplice — another Sydney-based American who has not been named — were allegedly paid $2.19 million for awarding a bank contract to ServiceMesh without a tender, according to court documents.

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