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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
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

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

No FCPA jurisdiction based solely on conspiracy and accomplice liability, court rules

On March 16, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut affirmed its earlier ruling that a non-resident foreign national cannot be charged with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or with aiding and abetting a violation of the FCPA, unless the government can show that he acted as an agent of a “domestic concern” or while physically present in the United States.… Continue Reading

Thirty Months For Naaman

Innospec’s former agent who pleaded guilty last year to bribing Iraqi officials and violating the U.N.’s oil for food program was sentenced today to thirty months in federal prison and fined $250,000.… Continue Reading

‘Classified’ Evidence Puts Naaman Sentencing On Hold

Innospec’s former agent who pleaded guilty last year to an FCPA conspiracy won’t be sentenced until September and maybe a lot later.

According to a recent court filing, Ousama Naaman has raised new evidence that may be classified, and there are new questions about how he spent some of the bribe money.… Continue Reading

Jury Mulls Fate of Four Shot Show Defendants

The first shot-show defendants to be tried in federal court in Washington, D.C. are now waiting for the jury to return its verdict. Their trial opened on May 16.

They were charged in a 44-count superceding indictment with conspiracy to violate the FCPA, violating the FCPA, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aiding and abetting.… Continue Reading

Shot-Show Trial Opens In DC

The first shot-show defendants are in federal court in Washington, D.C., where jury selection started today.

The government divided the original 22 defendants into four groups to make the trials more manageable.… Continue Reading

FCPA Defendants Face The Verdict Of History

Should anyone be surprised by the guilty verdicts handed down Tuesday in the Lindsey case?

Not at all. History, and the odds, are always against FCPA defendants.

Others who’ve learned that in recent years include Gerald Green and his wife Patricia, Frederic Bourke, William Jefferson, David Kay, Douglas Murphy, and David Mead — all convicted by juries in FCPA cases. … Continue Reading

U.K. Jails Man For Oil For Food Kickbacks

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said a British man who supplied surgical instruments to the Iraqi government was sentenced today by a London court to 24 weeks in prison.

Mark Rodney Jessop, 53,  admitted breaking United Nations sanctions during the oil for food program by making illegal payments to Saddam Hussein’s government. … Continue Reading

FCPA Defendants Face Long Odds

In Los Angeles this week, the trial of Lindsey Manufacturing, Dr. Keith Lindsey, Steve K. Lee, and Angela Aguilar opened in federal court.

(On Friday, they lost their motion to dismiss the case when the judge ruled that officers of the Mexican electric utility CFE, who the defendants allegedly bribed, are foreign officials under the FCPA.)… Continue Reading