Under the general topic of graft, school corruption is a well-recognized sub-genre.
Last month, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission published their long-awaited Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
At 120 pages, this document is intended to assist companies to navigate seemingly arbitrary rules around what does and does not constitute legal behavior when dealing with overseas business practices.… Continue Reading
In his 61-page ruling this week allowing the SEC’s suit against two former Noble executives to go forward, federal district judge Keith P. Ellison provided some excellent ‘guidance’ about the FCPA.… Continue Reading
Wu Xiaoli, 74-year-old female general manager and legal representative of Shanghai’s Gongxin Engineering Construction Supervision Centre Co Ltd, was given a life sentence for corruption involving more than $7.4 million. Prosecutors said Wu stole the company’s accounts receivables, altering official records to cover her tracks.… Continue Reading
Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International is looking for an intern at its headquarters in Berlin, Germany for six months starting February 2013.
The job is to help with research, analysis, and admin work in the Knowledge and Stakeholder Services Department.… Continue Reading
The SEC got the green light this week from a federal judge to charge two former Noble executives with FCPA-related offenses they committed after February 2007.
Judge Keith Ellison Tuesday refused to dismiss the SEC’s complaint but cut off claims that arose before early 2007 based on the FCPA’s five-year statute of limitations.… Continue Reading
Wal-Mart’s disclosure in the U.S. that it spent $25 million lobbying American lawmakers for help gaining access to foreign markets has triggered demands from Indian politicians for a government investigation.
Lobbying is considered illegal in India and is often equated with bribery.… Continue Reading
Only five years ago, no one talked about self disclosing potential FCPA violations.
Today, a mere blink of an eye later, self disclosure is the norm.
In our era of hyper-enforcement and Sarbanes-Oxley driven field certifications, the new pattern is set:
Hear from a whistleblower about sensitive payments somewhere, take a quick look for credible evidence, inform the board, launch an internal investigation, disclose it to the DOJ, and write it up in the next quarterly SEC filing.… Continue Reading
The world keeps shrinking for Africa’s kleptocrats.
Senegal’s new government has launched an unusual joint investigation with France into several key figures from the former government.
It reportedly filed a complaint with a Paris court to investigate the origins of assets held in France by an undisclosed list of high-profile figures associated with the former Senegalese government.… Continue Reading
We’re expanding our network of resellers for the ethiXbase Enterprise solution.
To meet growing global demand, channel partners are needed in various locations.
Unique features of ethiXbase Enterprise include real-time visibility of all compliance communications, automated delivery of pre-sorted group-specific compliance material drawn from the ethiXbase content library, tracking of all email delivery, handling, opening, forwarding, document downloading, and more.… Continue Reading
Why investigate South Africa’s Net 1 in the U.S. for payments to South African officials?
The answer is probably because the South African enforcement authorities dropped the ball.
According to Nicola Whittaker of Corruption Watch, one of Net 1’s local companies, Cash Paymaster Services, allegedly bribed government officials to win a contract from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). … Continue Reading