Work Area: Anti-bribery

Unaoil’s Saman Ahsani to spend a year in prison

The first Unaoil brother to be sentenced called himself “exhibit A” for the benefits of government collaboration during a hearing in a Houston federal court.

30 January 2023

Two more sentenced to prison in PDVSA bribery case

In back-to-back hearings, a Houston federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two oil industry men, Jose Luis De Jongh-Atencio and Roberto Enrique Rincón-Fernández, to prison time for participating in a far-reaching corruption scheme linked to Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

26 January 2023

New DOJ policy may lead to more declinations, lawyers say

A December 2022 memo penned by Attorney General Merrick Garland is the latest iteration of what lawyers have described as DOJ leadership’s flip-flopping position on how harsh prosecutors should be in charging decisions.

25 January 2023

Press asks US court to unseal sentencing docs in Unaoil case

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a motion on Tuesday, 24 January on behalf of GIR, The Financial Times and the Guardian to unseal a pair of sentencing memos in the case against Saman Ahsani.

25 January 2023

Three executives acquitted in SFO office refurbishment bribery case

A London court has found three former directors at office outfitting company Bluu Solutions not guilty of participating in an alleged bribery scheme.

24 January 2023

SFO targets assets of alleged Sarclad middleman

The Serious Fraud Office is looking to seize a UK property linked to a Chinese sales agent accused of helping UK metals company Sarclad win overseas contracts through bribery.

20 January 2023

Hawaii woman gets two-year sentence for secretly lobbying Trump in 1MDB scheme

A Hawaiian businesswoman was sentenced to two years in prison, fined $250,000, and ordered to forfeit $3 million for participating in a far-reaching, international scheme to embezzle money from a Malaysian development fund – otherwise known as the 1MDB scandal.

19 January 2023

French prosecutors try to build trust with corporate defendants

Lawyers said France’s latest corporate settlement guidelines reassure companies about the benefits of self-reporting misconduct to prosecutors.

19 January 2023

Fox took “lion’s cut” of profits from Fifa bribery, witness says

Fifa bagman Alejandro Burzaco took the stand in the prosecution of Fox executives accused of bribing officials for broadcasting contracts.

18 January 2023

DOJ offers declinations to recidivist companies

A top DOJ official announced a number of revisions to the agency's corporate enforcement policy that could grant bigger fine reductions or declinations to companies with cases containing aggravating factors if they self-report misconduct and cooperate with investigations.

17 January 2023

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