Stacey Luck

Stacey Luck served as a senior trial attorney in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.

A mainstay of the unit in its early days, Luck helped to prosecute a number of significant cases. In 2010, she spearheaded the Justice Department's prosecution of freight forwarding company Panalpina, which included settlements with oil services companies Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Transocean and Tidewater Marine International. Documents filed by the Justice Department accused the companies of engaging in a foreign bribery scheme to circumvent the local rules and regulations in countries where Panalpina transported the oil services companies' goods.

In 2009, Luck prosecuted agriculture equipment manufacturer AGCO for kickbacks it paid to the Iraqi government in connection with the the United Nations-run Oil-For-Food programme in Iraq. The company agreed to a US$1.6 million criminal penalty, in addition to more than US$18 million in civil penalties and disgorged profits to settle charges from the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 2007, Luck prosecuted three subsidiaries of oil services firm Vetco International for paying US$2 million in bribes to Nigerian customs officials for preferential treatment. The companies pleaded guilty and agreed US$26 million in criminal fines – the largest FCPA settlement at the time. Luck worked on the Vetco case with the prosecutor most closely associated with the DOJ's aggressive posture on FCPA enforcement, former deputy chief Mark Mendelsohn, now a partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

Luck in 2007 also helped to prosecute oil company BP and several of its subsidiaries on charges of fraud and environmental violations. The companies agreed to pay US$373 million in fines and restitution.

In 2006, Luck and Mendelsohn prosecuted a translator working for a government contractor in Iraq who offered an Iraqi police official US$60,000 in exchange for his help in selling 1,000 armoured vests and a sophisticated map printer worth US$1 million. The translator, Faheem Mousa Salam, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 for violating the FCPA.

Luck was also involved in an FCPA case against tobacco companies Alliance One International and Universal Corporation, based out of Virginia and North Carolina.

Luck came to the Justice Department after a stint as a state prosecutor in Virginia and as an associate at Vinson & Elkins. In 2010, she worked as chief of staff to Gary Grindler, who served at the time as acting deputy attorney general.

After leaving the fraud section, Luck became a deputy chief in the human rights and special prosecutions section in the Justice Department's criminal division.

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