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SEC forces Mickelson to return $1 million from insider trading

PGA golfer Phil Mickelson agreed to forfeit almost $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said was obtained through insider trading. Mickelson was named as a “relief defendant” in a criminal case, filed in the Southern District of New York against professional gambler William Walters and a former director of Dean Foods, Thomas … Continue Reading

DOJ explains rule changes in light of Yates memo

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) detailed new rules that would focus investigations of corporations on responsible individuals and warned that companies cannot abuse the attorney-client privilege to hide key facts in criminal investigations. On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who issued the so-called Yates Memoranda in September, detailed DOJ policy on how the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court refuses to review FCPA challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case appealed to the highest Court. The appeal sought to limit the scope of the FCPA by narrowing the law’s definition of the term “foreign official.” Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, former executives of Terra Telecommunications Corp., had challenged … Continue Reading

FBI increases criminal fraud investigations by 65%, director reports

FBI Director James Comey shared the bureau’s enforcement trends and objectives at the New York City Bar Association’s Third Annual White Collar Crime Institute on May 19. Comey recognized that although counter-terrorism is still a top priority for the agency, white-collar cases are receiving significant focus and resources. In the mortgage industry, agents are investigating … Continue Reading

“Extraordinary Cooperation” in FCPA Investigation Earns Virginia Corporation a Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On Monday, June 18, 2012, DOJ announced that it had entered into a two-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Data Systems & Solutions LLC (“DS&S”), a company that provides design, installation, maintenance and other services at nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company, which is based … Continue Reading

Rajat Gupta Convicted of Conspiracy and Insider Trading

Rajat Gupta, the former Managing Director of McKinsey & Company and board member at Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, was convicted on four of six counts by a federal jury in New York today for providing nonpublic material information to Raj Rajaratnam in 2008. Specifically, Mr. Gupta was convicted of conspiring to commit insider … Continue Reading

New Jersey Judge Sentences Lawyer Who Pled Guilty to a Record-Length Twelve Years For Insider Trading – Longer Than Raj Rajaratnam

On Monday, June 4, 2012, New Jersey Federal Judge Katharine Hayden sentenced Matthew Kluger (a former associate at several prominent law firms) to twelve years in prison for his role in a insider trading scheme. One of his co-conspirators, Garrett Bauer (a Wall Street trader), received a nine-year sentence. On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Judge … Continue Reading

FCPA Cooperation: Robert Antoine Receives a Sentence Reduction in Haiti Teleco

On May 29, 2012, Florida Federal Judge Jose E. Martinez granted a Government Motion to reduce the sentence of Robert Antoine, the former director of international relations for Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M. ("Haiti Teleco"), the Haitian state-owned telecommunications company, from 48 months to 18 months, based on his cooperation with the Government’s FCPA investigation into the … Continue Reading

Haitian Foreign Official Jean Rene Duperval Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison For His Role in FCPA Scheme

On Monday, May 21, 2012, Florida Federal Judge Jose E. Martinez sentenced Jean Rene Duperval, the former director of international relations for Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M. ("Haiti Teleco"), the Haitian state-owned telecommunications company, to nine years in prison for his role in a scheme to launder bribes paid to him by two Miami-based telecommunications companies. The … Continue Reading

Judge Selna To Deny Two Motions in FCPA Case Which Had Attacked DOJ’s Relationship With Company That Cooperated During Investigation

In connection with a May 14, 2012 hearing, Judge James Selna has prepared Tentative Minute Orders which deny two motions in the Carson FCPA cases. In a Motion to Suppress and a Motion to Dismiss, the defendants raised issues regarding DOJ’s relationship with Control Components, Inc. ("CCI"), the employer of defendants, who cooperated with the … Continue Reading

Defendants in the Carson FCPA Case File Reply Briefs Attacking Government’s Interaction With The Employer During the Latter’s Internal Investigation and the Government’s Conduct During Discovery

On Monday, April 30, 2012, two of the remaining defendants in the Carson FCPA case submitted Reply Briefs in support of motions that raise significant issues about the impact on the employees when a corporation conducts an internal investigation and ultimately cooperates with the Government. The briefs argued that: (1) certain statements should be suppressed … Continue Reading

Former Morgan Stanley Executive Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Evade Internal Accounting Controls Under the FCPA in China, While Morgan Stanley Avoids Prosecution Due to Internal Controls

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, DOJ announced that Garth Peterson, a former managing director for Morgan Stanley’s real estate business in China, pled guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York for participating in a conspiracy to evade the internal accounting controls which the company was required to maintain under the FCPA. Because Morgan Stanley … Continue Reading

Government’s Opposition to Motion to Suppress in Carson FCPA Case Argues That Statements Made To Corporate Counsel During An Internal Investigation Do Not Violate The Employees’ Fifth Amendment Rights

In a Brief filed on April 2, 2012, the Government argued that the statements by defendants in an FCPA case that were given to their employer during an internal investigation should not be suppressed because the employer’s "actions were not the result of any pressure or influence from the government sufficient to convert the Company’s … Continue Reading

Discovery Issues in the Parallel Rajat Gupta Cases – Judge Rakoff Directs SEC To Turn Over Witness Interview Materials From the Investigation to Prosecutors For Review Under Brady and Potential Disclosure to Defendant

On March 26, 2012, Judge Jed Rakoff issued an Opinion and Order in the two related cases against Rajat Gupta, granting in part a Motion to Compel and ordering the SEC to turn over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office materials relating to 44 witnesses (who were interviewed by the SEC and prosecutors jointly during the … Continue Reading

Haitian Foreign Official Convicted For Money Laundering Related to FCPA Violations

On Monday, March 12, 2012, a federal jury in Florida convicted Jean Rene Duperval on two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 19 counts of money laundering related to an FCPA scheme involving Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M. ("Haiti Teleco"), the Haitian state-owned telecommunications company. Following a week-long trial, the jury took only three hours … Continue Reading

Defendants in Carson FCPA Case File Two New Motions Attacking DOJ’s Relationship With Their Corporation (Who Has Cooperated)

On Monday, March 5, 2012, several of the defendants in the Carson FCPA case in California filed a Motion to Dismiss and a Motion to Suppress, raising a new set of interesting issues in a case where the corporation has already settled with the Government and individual employees face charges. In both motions, the defendants … Continue Reading