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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Guilty Plea In Vietnam Bribery Case

A former executive of a Philadelphia-based export company pleaded guilty Monday to being part of a conspiracy to bribe Vietnamese government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Joseph T.… Continue Reading

Will Graft Defeat Iraq?

We like to end our weeks around here with a light touch. But not today. We just read a disturbing story from Reuters’ Aseel Kami in the Washington Post. He describes the “pandemic of corruption” now gripping Iraq.… Continue Reading

A Billion Calls Later . . .

We admit it. Praise for China’s perennial anti-corruption campaigns doesn’t fall easily from our lips. There are always questions about the numbers the central government tosses around (“prosecutors nationwide prosecuted 8,939 officials for duty dereliction in 2008, up 5.4 percent year on year”).… Continue Reading

Russian Headwinds Hit Investors

Russia — the world’s largest country by land mass, with 11 time zones and 142,000,000 people, one of five permanent members on the UN Security Council, member of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations, and possessor of the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on the planet — yes, that Russia, ranks 120th on the World Bank’s Doing Business Index (here).… Continue Reading

Sir Allen’s FCPA Mystery

The Texas billionaire with a Caribbean knighthood and a passion for cricket was charged by U.S. prosecutors on Friday with running a “massive ponzi scheme” through his bank in Antigua. Allen Stanford, 59, faces 21 charges that could send him to prison for 250 years, including mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to mislead the Securities and Exchange Commission.… Continue Reading

The Friday Round Up

Reports from the BBC and the Straits Times say the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is trying once again to get rid of secret accounts held by local officials. Known as “little coffers,” the money is skimmed from public funds.… Continue Reading

Witnesses Hit Bourke And Jefferson

From Frederic Bourke’s Trial. Outstanding coverage on the testimony this week of Hans Bodmer, Viktor Kozeny’s Swiss lawyer, from the Courthouse News Service here and Bloomberg’s David Glovin here.

From Glovin’s account:

Bodmer, who is testifying for prosecutors in exchange for leniency and admits knowing of the bribery scheme, testified yesterday that he told Bourke about the payments.

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All Good For Sun?

In May, a month after it agreed to be acquired by Oracle for $7.4 billion, Sun Microsystems said it may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and that the violations could have a material effect on its business.… Continue Reading

Jefferson’s Judge Keeps Things Moving

Opening arguments start today in the federal criminal trial of former congressman William Jefferson for corruption and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. During three days of jury selection last week, the tone from the bench was strictly no-nonsense.… Continue Reading

The Death Of A Long-Time Leader

Gabon’s president, Omar Bongo, 73, died last week of heart failure while in Spain on a holiday. In 1967, at just 31, he became the country’s second post-colonial ruler and stayed on to become the longest-serving head of state on the African continent.… Continue Reading