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Jury Convicts Two Men on FCPA Charges

Joel Esquenazi, the president of Miami based Terra Telecommunications Corp., and Carlos Rodriguez, the executive vice president of the company, were convicted on all counts following a jury trial. Specifically, the two men were convicted on one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and wire fraud...

Watts Water: Don’t Get Caught on the (FCPA) Slow Boat to China

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) instituted a Cease and Desist Order again Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (WWT) and one of its employees, Leesen Chang (Chang). The Order was to obtain certain civil penalties and fines for conduct of WWT and Chang concerning violations of the...

The BizJet DPA: Cooperation is the Key

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the resolution of an enforcement action under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) involving the Tulsa based company, BizJet. The company is in the business of providing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) to customers...

The Biomet SEC Complaint: Lessons for Internal Audit

On March 26, 2012, both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the resolution of enforcement actions against Biomet Inc. a US entity, which manufactures and sells global medical devices around the world. It is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana...

The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action Part I – Key Lessons Learned on Sportsmanlike Conduct

As you see from today's picture I am enthusiastically wearing a New England Patriots (classic) shirt. You may ask yourself why am I wearing this shirt? The reason is because of a rather rash wager I made with Jay Rosen, Vice President of Merrill Brink, earlier this month on the Patriots/Texans...

Fu Manchu and the Wal-Mart FCPA Investigation Water Torture

Today we celebrate Fu Manchu. No not the facial accouterments but the fictional character who was introduced to the world in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the 20th century. He has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius while also lending his moniker...

Motion To Dismiss Denied In Former Magyar Telekom Exec’s Case

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor This previous post discussed the SEC's December 2011 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against former Magyar Telekom executives Elek Straub, Andras Balogh and Tamas Morvai ("Defendants"). Magyar Telekom...

Where Was The BizJet Board?

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor Many assume that my article " The Facade of FCPA Enforcement " is all about over-enforcement of the FCPA based on untested and dubious legal theories not subjected to judicial scrutiny. To be sure, these topics are discussed...

We Really Ought to Pause and Reflect

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor As noted in this prior post, in October 2010 Judge Jackson Kiser (W.D. Va.) sentenced Bobby Elkin Jr. Elkin (the former Country Manager for tobacco company Dimon International Kyrgyzstan) pleaded guilty to a one count criminal information...

Transparency International’s Progress Report

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor Transparency International (TI) does good work in raising awareness of bribery and its effects and seeking to reduce bribery and corruption around the world. Yet, every time I read TI’s annual progress report on OECD Anti-Bribery...

Corruption in Turkey and Integrating Your Risk Assessment

One of the more public and ongoing corruption scandals in the world right now seems to be happening in Turkey. To say the events and facts are confused is an understatement. At this point there are not any international players who have been implicated but given the breadth and scope of what has come...

The Sussex Vampyre and the ADM FCPA Settlement

Today I want to use the story of The Sussex Vampyre as the starting point for an inquiry into the recent Archer-Daniels-Midland Corp (ADM) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. In the story, Holmes receives a letter from Robert Ferguson, who has become convinced that his second wife...

Marubeni FCPA Enforcement Action Specifics

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor A post last week mentioned the $88 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action (the 12th largest of all-time in terms of settlement amount) against Marubeni (a Japanese company). In 2012, Marubeni resolved a $55 million FCPA...

Common Sense in the Definition of ‘Instrumentality’ Under the FCPA

In what can only be called a judicial decision based on common sense the 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion released on May 16, upheld the convictions of Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and certain US anti-money laundering (AML...

An FCPA Enforcement Action With Many Interesting Wrinkles

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor [This post is part of a periodic series regarding "old" FCPA enforcement actions] The 1998 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Saybolt Inc., Saybolt North America Inc. and related individuals had many...

Professor Koehler Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court To Hear “Foreign Official” Challenge

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor This previous post highlighted the petition for certiorari filed in the Supreme Court requesting the Court hear U.S. v. Esquenazi (the recent 11th Circuit decision of first impression in which the court concluded that certain state-owned...

Billy the Kid Begins and the GSK China Verdict

According to This Day in History, 139 years ago today, Billy the Kid was arrested for the first time, for theft. Billy the Kid was believed to have been born in New York City and was later taken out west by his mother. He was arrested on September 23, 1875 when he was found in possession of clothing...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear “Foreign Official” Challenge

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor As highlighted in previous posts ( here , here and here ), the defendants in U.S. v. Esquenazi (see here for the May 2014 11th Circuit decision [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]) petitioned the...

Self-Reporting, Extensive Cooperation Yields Reduced Fine In SEC FCPA Action

Layne Christensen, a global water management, construction and drilling company resolved FCPA bribery and books and records and internal controls charges with the SEC. In the Matter of Layne Christensen Company, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16216 (October 27, 2014). There was no parallel case announcement by...

Firm Settles FCPA Claim With Non-Prosecution Agreement, VP Pleads Guilty

IAP Worldwide Services Inc., a Virginia based facilities management firm, entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a $7.1 million penalty to resolve FCPA charges. A vice president of the firm pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA...

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Tied to Payments to Health Care Professionals

The SEC filed another settled action in which payments to health care professionals at state owned entities in China were alleged to be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although the company furnished extensive cooperation, it paid disgorgement, prejudgment interest and a penalty to resolve...