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U.S. and U.K. Ease Data Collection Across Borders

Saying it will accelerate complex investigations, the United States and the United Kingdom proposed an historic data exchange agreement. In future, each government will be able to obtain electronic data directly from technology companies in the other country. The governments also say this first of its kind agreement will protect privacy and enhance civil liberties.… Continue Reading

Patrick Joseph, Haiti Teleco Defendant, Sentenced to Prison

On July 6, 2012, Patrick Joseph was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and ordered to forfeit $955,596.69, for his role in the Haiti Teleco bribery scheme.  Joseph, a former Director General for telecommunications at the Republic of Haiti’s state-owned national telecommunications company, Telecommunications D’Haiti (Haiti Teleco), had been charged with one … Continue Reading

Magyar Telekom, Deutsche Telekom Settle FCPA-Related Actions

Magyar Telekom Plc and its majority owner Deutsche Telekom AG have agreed to pay a total of approximately $95 million in penalties arising from alleged violations of the anti-bribery and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) stemming from conduct in Macedonia and Montenegro. Conduct Between 2005 and 2006, former executives … Continue Reading

Haiti Teleco Defendant Receives Record-Breaking Sentence for FCPA Violations

As detailed in a previous blog post, a federal jury convicted Joel Esquinazi and Carlos Rodriguez, two former executives of Terra Telecommunications Corp. (“Terra”), earlier this year on all counts for their roles in a scheme to pay bribes to Haitian government officials at the state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M (Haiti Teleco). Federal District Judge Jose … Continue Reading

Two Senior Executives Convicted In Haiti Teleco Bribes Case

Following a two week trial, on August 4, 2011, a federal jury convicted Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, former executives of Terra Telecommunications Corp. (“Terra”), on all counts for their roles in a scheme to pay bribes to Haitian government officials at the state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M (Haiti Teleco).  The DOJ’s press release is here. … Continue Reading

Ex-CEO of Telecom Company Pleads Guilty In Honduras Bribe Case

Last week, Jorge Granados, former chief executive officer of Miami-based Latin Node, Inc. (Latinode) pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay bribes to government officials in Honduras. This is the latest chapter in the on-going saga of Latinode and its former executives who allegedly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to officials … Continue Reading

Comverse Technologies Inc. and the DOJ and SEC Settle Up

Comverse Technologies Inc. (CTI), a New York based provider of software for communication and billing services, resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions brought by the DOJ and SEC arising out of the acts of an indirectly owned overseas subsidiary and the subsidiary’s third party agent.  CTI resolved the DOJ investigation via an NPA, … Continue Reading

This is a Collect Call from The Department of Justice

Not too long ago I was clicking through the greatly improved DOJ FCPA webpage when I stumbled onto an enforcement action that had flown under the anticorruption/compliance blogosphere’s radar.  Yes, Manuel Salvoch had escaped the dreaded DOJ press release, but not the Fraud Section’s posting of documents for the world to see.  It was only … Continue Reading

“We Are in a New Era of FCPA Enforcement”

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer so stated at the American Conference Institute’s 24th National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) late last year.  The recent actions of the DOJ and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the FCPA’s dual enforcers, backed up AAG Breuer’s words.  The DOJ … Continue Reading

The Long Arm of the Law: Why non-US Companies Need to Comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) has started garnering headlines around the world.  It’s no wonder, considering the size of the fines and settlements extracted by the DOJ and SEC from non-U.S. companies in 2010 for violations of the FCPA.  As of the date of this writing, eight of the top 10 largest settlements and … Continue Reading

The DOJ and SEC Close 2010 with an FCPA Bang!

The DOJ and SEC Close 2010 with an FCPA Bang! The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) closed another Foreign Corrupt Practices Act record setting year — 75 FCPA enforcement actions resolved — with a bang.  In late December, the U.S. enforcement agencies, Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and several of its subsidiaries resolved … Continue Reading

China Telecoms Sector Compliance Challenges Snag Ericsson?

The week of November 18, Chinese media were reporting that an investigation in corruption charges against executives in  mobile carrier China Mobile has now spread to an executive with Ericsson.  An article from November 25 in another Chinese publication, nfdaily.cn, says that the report first arose in American media, but I’ve not seen reports in US media … Continue Reading
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