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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

Looking Through The FCPA

Legal loopholes, the conventional wisdom goes, expand over time, until there’s more hole than donut. But is that true of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Have its three Congressionally created loopholes — two affirmative defenses and one exception — gotten bigger over time?… Continue Reading

Surveying FCPA Compliance

Eighty percent of U.S. companies have now banned facilitating payments entirely, and nearly four in ten small U.S. companies have walked away from business in countries where the perceived risk of non-compliance was too high.… Continue Reading

Comments To What’s The Count

Nine out of 10 visitors to this blog (according to feedburner.com) view our posts through a reader such as Google Feedfetcher or an aggregator. That means most visitors normally don’t see comments (or the buttons and other information to the right).… Continue Reading

What’s The Count?

Some weekend. We should’ve expected it since the calendar says mid-October. That always means one thing, or maybe two. The sky is falling on Wall Street . . . and the American League Championship Series is in full swing, literally.… Continue Reading

Charting The FCPA

“Cash crunch could result in more corruption cases,” says a headline in the current Financial Week (available here.) In the article, Steven Tyrrell, the head of the Justice Department’s fraud section, says the credit crisis may produce a crop of additional Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.… Continue Reading

Case Closed For Kay And Murphy

The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the Fifth Circuit’s decisions in U.S. v. Kay, the Justices said yesterday. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act convictions of David Kay and Douglas Murphy cannot be further appealed and the two must now serve their prison sentences — 37 months for Kay and 63 months for Murphy.… Continue Reading

Tax Charges Added In Hollywood FCPA Case

Last week’s superseding indictment of movie producers Gerald and Patricia Green includes new allegations that Mrs. Green filed two false tax returns. The government says she signed returns in 2005 and 2006 that included deductions for “commissions” which she knew were “bribes to a foreign official for obtaining and retaining business.”… Continue Reading

News On The Greens

A reader just sent along the following release from the DOJ:

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Issued on Friday, October 3 at 11:05 a.m. PDT

FILM EXECUTIVE AND SPOUSE INDICTED FOR PAYING BRIBES

TO A THAI TOURISM OFFICIAL TO OBTAIN LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS

Acting Assistant Attorney General Matt Friedrich of the Criminal Division and United States Attorney Thomas P.… Continue Reading

Probation For FCPA Offenses In Fake Degree Case

A member of a Spokane, Washington–based diploma mill syndicate who bribed foreign officials to obtain accreditation of phony schools escaped prison in return for his cooperation with prosecutors.

According to reports, Richard John Novak, 58, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to one count of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and another count of conspiring to violate the FCPA and commit wire and mail fraud, was placed on three years probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.… Continue Reading