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British oil trader jailed for fraud

A British oil trader has been jailed by a Texas judge for his role in a £12.3 million bribery case.

US District Judge Sim Lake sentenced Bernard Langley, 55, of Keston, Kent, to four years and gave fellow trader Clyde Meltzer, 65, five years.

According to the US government, Langley and Meltzer, of Livingston, New Jersey, and Houston, Texas, used Swiss bank accounts to bribe a marine charting manager at Houston Refinery with more than 20 million dollars to use their companies to transport oil on tankers from Venezuela to Houston.

Langley pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to engage in wire fraud. He and Meltzer have been in custody since December 9 2010.

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