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Award-winning Mastercard compliance training film now available

Mastercard took compliance training to a new level when they engaged a production company to depict chapters of my FCPA violations, eventual guilty plea, and sentencing to fourteen and a half months in prison.

An anti-bribery training film based on that Mastercard production is now available for short and long term licensing from Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC in association with Mastercard.

“Behind the Bribe” is designed for use by any company in any industry, and in any location.

This year, “Behind the Bribe” was chosen from among 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents to win two Silver Telly Awards — one for Employee Communications and the other for Training for Corporate Use. The Telly Awards annually showcase the best work in television and video.

“Behind the Bribe” also received a Communicator Award of Excellence for Training for Corporate Use, from among 6,000 entries. The Communicator Awards are the leading international awards program in marketing and communications.

The 11-minute video is narrated by Keith Slotter, former chief of the FBI’s Global Financial Crimes Program.

Karen Griffin, executive vice president and chief compliance officer at Mastercard, said: “We recognized the need to move beyond the traditional classroom exercise to help our teams understand the potential impact of bribery and compliance events.”

“Richard’s story delivered just that and we’re looking at ways to continue to build on this film to continue to reinforce other learning moments.”

It was an honor to work with Mastercard on this production. And it’s an honor to bring “Behind the Bribe” to the wider compliance community.

Here’s the one minute trailer:

To request a demo of the full eleven-minute video or a licensing fee schedule, please click here.


Richard Bistrong is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLCIn 2010 he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to violate the FCPA and served fourteen and a half months at a U.S. federal prison camp. He was named to Compliance Week’s list of Top Minds in 2017 and was one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in 2015. He was named by Thomson Reuters in 2018 as a Top 50 Social Influencer in Risk, Compliance and RegTech.

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  1. Congratulations Richard! So many ex-con, white-collar criminals have turned their "mess into their message" and you have exceeded most expectations in terms of doing just that. Your mission is clear and your message powerful. I have not seen your film because as a lone practitioner, I probably can't afford it, but as you travel the world with your message, please don't forget the families who are the first victims of occupational crime. Our voices are seldom heard above the thousand's of perp's cautionary tales because we are seen as inconsequential "little ladies" in the business world. This is far from true. The women I mentor are not barefoot and pregnant, but are intelligent, successful and alarmingly bright and many can dance circles around their attorneys with the knowledge they have gained over this horrific process. We are white-collar crime's dirty little secret but this must change because our stories are the true cautionary tales as wives and children suffer acute punitive fallout from our husband's/father's crimes by not only having them incarcerated, but by asset seizure/forfeiture by way of guilt by association. Too often, innocent spouses lose their homes, vehicles, and in many cases, even their wedding rings slipped from their fingers as well as all other property seized as "substitute assets" which is nothing more than government sanctioned theft. One has the right to fight a traffic ticket in court, but innocent spouses are treated as chattle with little recourse toward exercising rightful ownership of their fair share of untainted assets. Even worse, as I write this, one of the women in my global support group is reporting to a prison a thousand miles away from her one-year-old child where she will spend 2.5 years, after being found guilty of willful blindness, despite well documented proof she was a battered wife. Women must divorce their husbands to distance themselves from the fallout so they can have a fighting chance to retain their fair share of assets, but even this extreme measure is considered hiding assets rather than protecting one's fair share of marital property. One of my clients had to give half of her 401K to her husband upon divorce which the Feds immediately seized. But the Feds wanted more and are suing her for HER fair share of HER hard earned 401K and will likely win. But nobody cares because we are collateral damage rather than human beings. It is open season on innocent spouses and none of it ever had to happen. We are not accomplices but we must suffer ridicule, injustice and poverty as the courts and the public feel we deserve nothing less. Wishing all good things for you Richard as you continue to promote your own cautionary tale because white-collar crime is not a personal problem, but a disease that has reached epidemic proportions, reaching across all occupations around the world and with no end in sight. Keep fighting the good fight because occupational crime is not only a problem facing the corporate world, but is falling families who are suffering deeply. We need a cure because as one of my clients states so perfectly, "we are bleeding out here."

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