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Bahamas Probes Alleged Boeing Scheme: Boeing Co. and its former De Havilland subsidiary are being investigated by Bahamian police for allegedly bribing government and BahamasAir executives, officials said. According to a report by a special commission set up by the Bahamas government, the bribe was allegedly paid in 1991 by then-Boeing executives and consultants to influence the $64-million purchase of five De Havilland Dash 8 airplanes to government-owned BahamasAir. The commission completed its investigation in August, but the report was only recently made public. Since then, Bahamian police have begun their own investigation, Police Commissioner B.K. Bonamy said in a telephone interview. De Havilland has since been sold by Seattle-based Boeing to a joint venture of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. and the Ontario, Canada, government. Executives at Boeing and De Havilland denied the allegations in the government report.

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