It is a somewhat common refrain that while corporate executives and companies pressured into paying bribes overseas face prosecution under the FCPA, the foreign officials who solicit, demand, and even extort the bribes go scot-free. As with many refrains, however, the reality is more complex.
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A gambling firm financed by Cantor Fitzgerald that became one of the biggest sports books in the United States entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ Monday and agreed to pay $16.5 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture.
India has always been a cash economy. The reasons are easy to see. India is still under-banked (only 53 percent of households have accounts, and many are dormant). The delay in enforcement of contracts encourages payment in cash. The low penetration of internet and low literacy discourage electronic transactions.
The owner of multiple U.S.-based oil and gas services companies pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing officials at Venezuela’s state-owned energy company to win work and speed up contract payments.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wednesday fined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. $2.25 million and ordered the firm to pay restitution of more than $716,000 to some retail customers for selling them unsuitable high-risk investments.
The former owner and president of a Pennsylvania consulting business pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices by bribing an official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said corruption adds 10 percent to business costs globally.
The owner of multiple U.S.-based oil and gas services companies pleaded guilty Tuesday to FCPA and fraud charges for bribing officials to win contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).
Three men who thought they were laundering $2.6 million from a penny stock fraud have pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.