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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

‘Foolish And Unprofessional’ Behavior Infected FCPA Prosecutions

The DOJ’s once invincible FCPA unit isn’t just losing high profile prosecutions. It’s getting clobbered. And a common theme in the setbacks is a lack of professionalism and preparation.

Del Quentin Wilber of the Washington Post said earlier this month that FBI agents and Richard Bistrong, the chief witness for the prosecution in the Africa sting case, ‘joked about sex, booty calls, prostitutes, cigars, the Village People, the informant’s wives and an agent’s girlfriend.… Continue Reading

Chinese Government Centralizes Database of Bribery Convictions

On February 16, 2012, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”), the main investigatory and prosecutorial arm of the Chinese government, in conjunction with other PRC anti-corruption agencies, announced that a database listing individuals and companies found guilty of certain bribery offenses now has nationwide scope.… Continue Reading

Sting Lawyer Comments On ‘Fake Case’

Paul Calli, left, of Carlton Fields represented Africa sting defendant Stephen Giordanella. Judge Richard Leon acquitted him in December.

After the DOJ today dropped the remaining indictments, Calli said:

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The government’s abandonment of all charges and all indictments against all remaining accused persons is a just end to an ill-conceived prosecution gone further awry.

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DOJ Ends Africa Sting Prosecution

The government today asked Judge Richard Leon to dismiss with prejudice all remaining indictments in the biggest FCPA case in history against individuals. It said continuing the prosecution would be a waste of government resources.… Continue Reading

Clampdown In China on ‘Retail Fees’

Major retailers in China have been known to charge for prime positions on their shelves. Some manufacturers report having to pay an “entrance fee” or “barcode fee” before their goods would even be stocked.… Continue Reading

Stanley, Tesler, And Chodan Face Sentencing This Week

The only individuals prosecuted in the $1.6 billion TSKJ Nigeria enforcement action are scheduled to be sentenced this week in federal court in Houston.

If the docket holds, Wojciech Chodan and Jeffrey Tesler will be in court on February 22 and former KBR boss Jack Stanley will be there the next day on February 23. … Continue Reading

Halliburton Hit With New SEC Subpoena

Houston-based Halliburton said in an SEC filing this week that it received a subpoena from the SEC in connection with an ongoing investigation of possible kickbacks and bribes in Angola.

The investigation started after an anonymous email to the company in December 2010.… Continue Reading

Investigation Of SFO Casts New Shadow

Laurence Fletcher of Reuters reported this week that the U.K. Attorney General is investigating the Serious Fraud Office, ‘reviving questions over the future of an agency criticised for dropping several high-profile cases.’… Continue Reading

Former Alba Chief Charged In London

An Australian executive who once served as CEO of state-owned Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (“Alba”) was charged on Wednesday in the U.K. with taking bribes.

Bruce Allan Hall, left, appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court.… Continue Reading