At least 90 percent of all federal criminal defendants plead guilty to reduced charges that carry a lighter sentence, and that holds true for individuals facing FCPA-related charges.… Continue Reading
Posts Tagged: Africa Sting Operation
Since the FCPA became law in December 1977, the DOJ has brought about 300 enforcement actions. Which one is the most important?
Telia. The biggest by our measure was this year’s action against Telia Company AB of Sweden, with global penalties amounting to $965 million.… Continue Reading
The DOJ announced last week that a retired U.S. Army colonel, Joseph Baptiste, was charged in a complaint for his alleged role in a foreign bribery and money laundering scheme in connection with “a planned $84 million port development project in Haiti.”… Continue Reading
I spoke last Thursday with Adam S. Lee, the Special Agent in charge of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division.
Richard Bistrong reads his emails: When ‘pajamas’ were prostitutes and ‘the Z’ was a brothel in Europe
Emails are a great window into what people are thinking and doing. They tell us a lot about attitudes toward life, business, and compliance. I had my own encounter with emails before testifying as a government witness in the Africa Sting cases.… Continue Reading
Corrupt organizations expect employees to parrot one set of values, while at the same time understanding that the real priority is to subvert these values by paying bribes to win business, or looking the other way when issues arise.… Continue Reading
Smith & Wesson said the DOJ has ended its FCPA investigation of the company and won’t bring criminal charges, and that a civil settlement with the SEC is close.
The DOJ launched the investigation after the 2010 indictment of its VP for sales at the start of the bungled Africa sting prosecution.… Continue Reading
As the New Year kicks into full swing, I decided to take a retrospective look at the last several years of individual FCPA enforcement actions. Looking through on a year-to-year basis, a not entirely surprising trend began to emerge: the number of men prosecuted by the Department of Justice for violations of the FCPA outnumbered women.… Continue Reading
Here’s what Massachusettss-based gun-maker Smith and Wesson said in its annual report (Form 10-Q) filed with the SEC on December 10:
On January 19, 2010, the DOJ unsealed indictments of 22 individuals from the law enforcement and military equipment industries, one of whom was our former Vice President-Sales, International & U.S.… Continue Reading