Category Archives: Bribery

The FCPA Institute Is Coming to Washington

Fellow blogger and professor Mike Koehler is bringing his famed “FCPA Institute” to Washington, DC on September 19 and 20. If you’ve always wanted to handle FCPA cases, or already handle them but want to learn more, go to this … Continue reading

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There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Eleventh Circuit Wrestles with Public Bribery Statute—Again

I previously posted about an interesting case involving the Eleventh Circuit’s interpretation of one of the public bribery statutes, 18 U.S.C. § 666. Well, the Eleventh Circuit is at it again. This time, it didn’t turn out as well for … Continue reading

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Acquittal of Defendant in Federal Program Bribery Case

In United States v. McLean, the Eleventh Circuit narrowed the government’s ability to convict defendants who are accused of public bribery under 18 U.S.C. § 666. This statute covers bribery related to programs that receive federal funds. After his conviction … Continue reading

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Judge Says He’s Never “Seen a More Misguided Prosecution” Than This One Involving Foreign Bribery

The Department of Justice has never lacked for confidence in its ability to prosecute people. It investigates supposed FCPA violations overseas, identifying some minor link to the United States. Unfortunately, courts rarely limit DOJ’s reach in these types of cases. … Continue reading

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Where Are They Now? An Update on Past Posts

Several of the cases I’ve featured in my posts over the last year have had significant developments or come to a close. It’s always interesting—and moderately depressing—to see how things turned out.

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Five Early Musings on the McDonnell Guilty Verdict

Yesterday a jury in Richmond found former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife guilty of public corruption. Here are the details of it. I’m sure many others will offer in-depth analysis of the verdict in the coming days. Here are … Continue reading

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Size Matters? CalPERS CEO Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

If you don’t know what the California Public Employees Retirement System (“CalPERS”) is, you should. It is the second-largest public pension fund in the country. It is responsible for operating the pension benefit system and health care benefit system for … Continue reading

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Yet Another Way the Deck Is Stacked Against Defendants—Granting Witness Immunity

Brent Roger Wilkes is nothing if not tenacious. In November 2007, he was convicted of wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, all in connection with a scheme to bribe former California State Congressman Randall “Duke” Cunningham and to defraud … Continue reading

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Here’s One Way to Afford the D.C. Real Estate Market: Seven Year Sentence for Defendant in Bribery Scheme Involving Public Official

By Sara Kropf For years now, the calling card of a big-firm white-collar lawyer has been, “I do FCPA work.” But all the focus on foreign bribery work overlooks the domestic bribery schemes that are regularly pursued by the federal … Continue reading

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Never Too Old For Bribery? Florida Couple Sentenced for Offering $1.24 Million in Bribes to Obtain Federal Contracts for Foreign Military Goods

Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I took a few weeks off for the holidays and then tried and won a defamation trial in Virginia last month, sort of.  It’s back to the grindstone now, though. There … Continue reading

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