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Fraud section prosecutor numbers slide

Fraud section prosecutor numbers slide

The first year of the Trump administration saw a fall in the number of prosecutors and contract staff employed by the criminal division’s fraud section.

Petrobras makes case to DC Circuit to dismiss investor lawsuit

Petrobras makes case to DC Circuit to dismiss investor lawsuit

Petrobras told the DC appeals court on 19 January that a bribery-related investor lawsuit should be heard in Brazil instead. But an appeals judge questioned the argument.

Bechtel exec tries and fails to quash plea agreement

Bechtel exec tries and fails to quash plea agreement

A Maryland federal judge last week blocked an attempt by a former Bechtel executive to annul a bribery-related plea deal from 2014.

Senator dismisses DOJ nominee: Prosecutors only take orders from prosecutors

Senator dismisses DOJ nominee: Prosecutors only take orders from prosecutors

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved for a second time the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to lead the DOJ’s criminal division. But lawmakers still raised concerns about the pick.

Former Guinean official pushes McDonnell on appeal

Mahmoud Thiam, found guilty in 2017 of laundering bribes, says his conviction should be overturned because of a narrow definition of bribery set by the Supreme Court.

Lame fines and no accountability, senator says of DOJ bank enforcement

Senator Elizabeth Warren gave senior prosecutor Kendall Day an earful for the DOJ’s enforcement record against big banks, during a Congressional hearing on 17 January.

Compliance industry at risk of ‘big chill’, warns Goldman Sachs exec

A Goldman Sachs compliance executive says US enforcement authorities have failed to allay fears that they are targeting compliance officers in the financial sector.

Former transportation exec indicted in Russian bribery case

A former co-president of a Maryland transportation company has been charged with foreign bribery for his alleged part in a Russian nuclear corruption scheme, the DOJ said on 12 January.

FCPA-related personnel and policy changes

SEC names new deputy chief of FCPA Unit

The Securities and Exchange Commission has named Tracy Price as the new deputy chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.

Broad sanctions programme for corrupt officials vulnerable to external influence

The US Treasury now has expanded ability to sanction any corrupt foreign government official, regardless of country, and NGOs are taking full advantage. Companies can take advantage too.

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Lawyers call for greater pushback against SEC’s use of FCPA accounting provisions

Lawyers call for greater pushback against SEC’s use of FCPA accounting provisions

The Securities and Exchange Commission has overstepped its statutory authority in recent cases brought under the accounting provisions of the FCPA, lawyers say.

Bias in monitorship selections has become ‘self-perpetuating myth’

Bias in monitorship selections has become ‘self-perpetuating myth’

Privately, lawyers complain that the monitorship selection process for FCPA settlements favours a small, exclusive club of defence attorneys over those with true compliance expertise.

 

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