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Entries in Bahamas (30)


Alstom fallout: No jail for sick Bahamas bribe taker

A former director of the the Bahamas Electricity Corporation who took more than $220,000 in bribes from Alstom is too sick to face prison, a judge ruled Friday.

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Bahamas utility official convicted of taking Alstom bribes

A jury in the Bahamas Tuesday convicted a former board member of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation of bribery, finding he took hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Alstom win contracts, reduce penalties for late performance, and overturn a government award to a competitor.

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SFO charges another individual in Alstom corruption case

The UK Serious Fraud Office charged another individual Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation into Alstom.

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UK brings new Alstom charges for Hungary bribes

Image courtesy of Alstom SAThe UK Serious Fraud Office brought new charges Thursday against a UK subsidiary of Alstom SA and an Alstom employee for alleged corruption in a project to supply trains to the Budapest Metro.

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Oppenheimer fined $20 million for AML failures in penny stock trades

The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed a $20 million civil penalty against Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. for "willfully violating" the Bank Secrecy Act.

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More than 77,000 foreign banks will share tax info with IRS 

More than 77,000 foreign banks and other financial institutions agreed to share information about U.S. account holders with the Internal Revenue Service as part of a crackdown on offshore tax evasion, the Treasury Department said Monday.

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Lewis given time served for Kozeny conspiracy

The former hedge fund executive who pleaded guilty nine years ago to conspiracy to violate the FCPA was sentenced Wednesday to time he aleady served in jail.

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Judge delays Lewis sentencing to April 

Clayton Lewis, the hedge fund partner who invested and lost $126 million in Viktor Kozeny's Azeri privatization scheme, won't be sentenced until at least April, according to an order issued this month by the judge hearing his case.

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Bourke loses another appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Frederic Bourke's request for a new trial.

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Kozeny Wins In Privy Council

The U.K. Privy Council ruled yesterday that Viktor Kozeny, the accused mastermind in a huge 1990's bribery scheme in Azerbaijan, can't be extradited from the Bahamas to the United States to face FCPA charges.

Kozeny, 48, a Czech citizen who fled to the Bahamas in 1999 and hasn't left since then, told Bloomberg's David Glovin: “We have prevailed on all points.”

He was arrested in the Bahamas at the request of the U.S. government in October 2005 and held in prison until granted bail in April 2007.

In 2010, he won an appellate decision to block his extradition. The Bahamas government appealed that decision to the London-based Privy Council.

The Privy Council's unanimous ruling said Kozeny's alleged bribery didn't break any laws in the Bahamas. Therefore the courts there had no jurisdiction to order his extradition.

For some British Commonwealth members including the Bahamas, the Privy Council is the final court of appeal.

Kozeny was indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan in May 2005 for a plot to bribe Azeri leaders to gain control of the state oil company. His co-defendant, Frederic Bourke, was convicted in 2009 of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and lying to FBI agents. Bourke was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Bourke lost his first appeal to overturn his conviction and separately was denied a new trial. He asked a fuller panel of the appeals court to rehear his argument. He's out on bail while the appeal is pending.

Two potential witnesses against Kozeny who pleaded guilty in the case were waiting for his extradition.

Clayton Lewis was a partner in Omega Advisors, Inc., a hedge fund that invested and lost about $126 million in Kozeny’s Azeri privatization scheme. Lewis, prosecutors said, knew Kozeny planned to pay bribes but went ahead with the investment anyway. He was arrested in 2003 and two years later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the FCPA.

Hans Bodmer -- a Swiss lawyer who worked for Kozeny and was another potential witness against him -- pleaded guilty in October 2004 to conspiracy to launder money.

The DOJ repeatedly asked the court to delay their sentencing until Kozeny could be brought to trial in federal court in New York City. Bodmer and Lewis would have earned sentencing credit for their testimony. Both appeared as cooperating witnesses for the prosecution at Frederic Bourke's trial.

Lewis faces up to five years in prison. Bodmer could be jailed for up to ten years. The DOJ allowed him to live in Switzerland after his guilty plea and cooperation deal.

Kozeny still faces other charges and could be arrested if he leaves the Bahamas.

Bloomberg's Glovin said: 'New York State prosecutors separately have accused Kozeny of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from his U.S. investors in the Azerbaijan deal. Czech prosecutors have presented evidence to a court trying Kozeny in absentia on charges of embezzling $1.1 billion from mutual funds he established in the Czech Republic in the early 1990s.'

Kozeny told Glovin 'he will leave it to his lawyers to seek resolution of the charges.'


Bourke Loses Motion For New Trial

Frederic Bourke on Thursday lost what may be his final bid to stay out of prison.

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Alba's Suit Against Alcoa Reopened

The Wall Street Journal's Joe Palazzolo reported Friday that Aluminum Bahrain BSC's civil suit against Alcoa has been reopened, and that Alcoa will ask that it be dismissed.

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