Airport Contractor Fined $12.3 Million For JFK Pay-to-Play


An airport services contractor accused of bribing its way to big contracts at New York City’s Kennedy Airport has agreed to pay a $12.3 million fine for violating state law.

Ground Services International also agreed on Thursday to implement an anti-corruption policy and start an anonymous tip line for employees to report suspected violations.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the company’s longtime president secretly gave an ownership stake and payments worth $4.8 million to a British Airways executive who had influence over procurement.

He’s also accused of making $640,000 in payments to Edward Paquette, a key decision-maker at Kennedy’s Terminal One. Paquette pleaded guilty last year to grand larceny and bribery charges.

The Emirates Group acquired GSI in 2016. It didn’t immediately respond to messages.