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By Stephen Dockery | July 30, 2014

In the Beny Steinmetz Group Resources Ltd. bribery probe, a man thought to be Ibrahima Toure (l) discussed destroying incriminating documents held by his sister Mamadie Toure (r), a recording shows.

Nancy L. Rose to Join DOJ’s Antitrust Division

The MIT professor will serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis, advising on corporate mergers and non-merger enforcement initiatives.

Cilins Associate Feared For His Life In Alleged Bribery Cover-Up, New Transcript Shows

18 documents released by the government in a sentencing memorandum offer new insight into the government’s investigation of corruption in Guinea.

Alberto Arevalo Named Associate Director of SEC’S Office of International Affairs

The 10-year SEC veteran has helped to expand foreign regulator training programs, including for anti-money laundering compliance.

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Ex-Im Bank Chairman Says DOJ Investigating Its Kickback Probe

Agency has dismissed three employees, placed fourth on leave amid kickback probe.

Meet Lee Bentley

Fun facts about the nominee for Tampa U.S. Attorney from his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

Smith & Wesson Pays $2m to Settle Civil FCPA Allegations

The Massachusetts-based weapons manufacturer came under scrutiny in connection with the failed “Africa sting” prosecution of 22 arms brokers, but the SEC charged unrelated conduct in Pakistan, Indonesia and elsewhere.

Former BSGR Associate Cilins Gets a Relatively Lenient 24 Month Sentence

Frederic Cilins, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, may have gambled correctly by refusing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation of an allegedly corrupt mining deal in Guinea.

Siemens, Tyco Compliance Execs Discuss New TI-USA Verification Report

Transparency International-USA unveiled its newest report, “Verification of Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs,” during a panel discussion Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Former BizJet President and CEO Pleads Guilty to Foreign Corruption Charges

Bernd Kowalewski is one of two individuals charged in the Justice Department’s BizJet bribery case who were living beyond U.S. reach.

Bank Settlements Create Windfall for U.S., and Questions

Should there be clearer standards for how such money is used by a maze of state and federal authorities? Has the money distorted incentives for officials?

Updated FCPA Corporate Monitors List Has Three New Names

Just Anti-Corruption maintains a historical list of corporate monitors in all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements.

U.K. Charges Alstom Subsidiary With Corruption

The U.K. brought the charges against the embattled French engineering and power giant under its 1906 Prevention of Corruption Act.

With Tea Party’s Rise, Is Bipartisan Tradition of Ex-DOJ Officials Supporting Current Nominees Dead?

Former U.S. Attorneys Bob Barr and Asa Hutchinson put aside partisan politics to write letters of praise for Eric Holder in connection with his 2009 nomination as Attorney General. Today, they are paying the political price for it.

Birotte Approved by Unanimous Senate for District Court

The former U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles moves to a lifetime appointment on the bench.

Former Alba CEO Bruce Hall Sentenced

The former CEO of Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. had tried to withdraw his guilty plea after the trial of former Alcoa Inc. agent Victor Dahdaleh collapsed last December.

Government Reaches Settlement with Obiang in Kleptocracy Case

The U.S. began settlement discussions with the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president last month.

Government Seeks Strong Penalty for Former BSGR Agent Cilins

Frederic Cilins pleaded guilty to obstructing a U.S. investigation of foreign bribery in Guinea and is set to be sentenced this week.

Former Alstom Executive Pomponi Pleads Guilty to FCPA Conspiracy

William Pomponi was charged in a 12-count second superseding indictment last year alleging bribes paid to Indonesia officials.

Deputy AG James Cole Defends Justice Department in Combative Hearing About IRS Probe

Among the topics at the hearing was unusual testimony given to the committee staff in May from Public Integrity Section chief Jack Smith and Election Crimes branch chief Richard Pilger, career prosecutors whom the DOJ normally would try to shield from politics.

Son of Former South Korean President Challenges U.S. Attempt to Seize Home Sale Proceeds

Although former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan left office 25 years ago, the country is still battling to recover assets believed to have been pilfered during his tenure.

Chinese-Owned Ralls Corp. Wins Victory in Campaign for More Transparency from CFIUS

An appeals court sided with the Chinese-owned company and questioned the fairness of the national security-related foreign investment review process.

Court Expedites Unusual Extradition Appeal of Chinese-Mexican Alleged Drug Conspirator

Zhenli Ye Gon was arrested in Maryland in 2007 and is suspected in a massive money laundering scheme through Las Vegas casinos.

SFO Investigating Sweett Group, Company Reports

The Wall Street Journal first published a detailed accounting of bribery allegations regarding Sweett Group in 2013.

Prosecutor of Former Abramoff Associate Can Represent Ex-Lobbyist in Tax Case, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled that Peter Zeidenberg’s current representation was sufficiently removed from the public corruption case that he helped to prosecute at the Justice Department.

A Republican Call for Investigator Replacement in IRS Probe

Virginia Representative Frank Wolf requested DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz replace Barbara Bosserman as the lead investigator in the IRS scandal.

Weatherford Compliance Chief Billy Jacobson Forms Orrick Troika

The former FCPA Unit assistant chief and co-general counsel and chief compliance officer at Weatherford International Ltd is moving to Orrick in September.

Morrison & Foerster Appoints Paul Friedman as Managing Partner in Europe

Paul Friedman previously headed the firm’s FCPA team before the arrival of Charles Duross.

Hogan Lovells Heads to Altar in Mexico on Energy and Telecom Growth

The move was timed to take advantage of “sweeping structural reforms” in Mexico’s energy and telecom sectors that Hogan Lovells anticipates will attract new investors and companies across a wide swath of industries.

U.S. Has No Doubt About Case Against Alleged Drug Conspirator Despite Dismissal

Zhenli Ye Gon is set to be extradited to Mexico after being arrested in 2007 and a drug conspiracy charge against him was dismissed with prejudice in 2009.

SEC Subpoenas Biomet Over Brazil and Mexico ‘Alleged Improprieties’

The government investigation of a number of medical equipment manufacturers probed in 2007 has continued with an additional SEC subpoena issued to Biomet Inc.

No Penalty for Noble Corp. Defendants in Foreign Bribery Settlement with SEC

A number of rulings from the court had made the SEC’s pending trial against Noble Corp. executives a tall task.

Panelists Discuss Future of SFO In Context of UK Bribery Act’s 3rd Anniversary

The discussion was led by Barry Vitou, a solicitor and partner at Pinsent Masons LLP; Richard Kovalevsky QC, a criminal law barrister; Vivian Robinson QC, a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in London and Julian Glass, the Managing Director of FTI Consulting.

Did Lois Lerner Target Grassley Over Tax Division Nominee’s Failure?

The Republican opposition to Mary L. Smith’s April 2009 nomination was viewed at the time as entirely legitimate, given Smith’s complete lack of tax experience. It wasn’t just raw GOP obstructionism.

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey Highlights Dangers of ‘Compliance Fatigue’

The survey of more than 2,700 top executives in 59 countries found compliance efforts have leveled out at a time when countries beyond the United States are ramping up enforcement.

Commentary: Judge Brinkema Gets Her Sami Al-Arian Case Dismissal By Doing Nothing for Five Years

And so the fight over the “master manipulator,” who denied for years that he’d helped to lead a Palestinian suicide bombing group, will go on.

Western Texas U.S. Attorney Nominated for Federal Judgeship

Robert Lee Pitman, a former magistrate judge in Austin, has led the San Antonio-based federal prosecuting office since 2011.

Complete Transcript: Fraud Section Chief Jeff Knox’s Remarks on the FCPA at Wall Street Journal Conference

A top supervisor of the DOJ’s FCPA unit says he can’t overstate how international cooperation has changed the game; insists the department doesn’t “outsource” its investigations, and says if a whistleblower discloses significant corruption that a company didn’t disclose, a “traditional covert investigation” from prosecutors may ensue.

Big Data, Big Thinking

What the EY FIDS 2014 Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey found.

Where “Too Big to Fail” Stands

Do large banks have an advantage because they are “too big to fail?”

The Blaze: Did Holder Target Gun Shops?

Glenn Beck’s website says Operation Choke Point may be targeting financial services for arms providers.


For gender discrimination in state police hiring.

Utah Ex-AGs Appear in Court

First appearance in court as co-defendants.

Boston Bombing Trial: Friend Seeks Retrial

Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstructing justice.

GOP Demand for Special IRS Probe Unlikely

Holder has complete discretion over the matter.

Hogsett to Join Law Firm

Following his resignation amid mayoral talk, Hogsett will join Bose McKinney & Evans.

Unregistered Lobbyists in Congress?

The Office of Congressional Ethics has voted to refer an “entity” for failing to register as a lobbyist.

McDonnell Trial Begins

Ex-gov and wife charged with accepting bribes in office.

BofA Deal Hits a Snag

DOJ wants more for BofA’s deals with Countrywide, Merrill.

Cuomo Calls Commission a “Phenomenal Success”

Defends Moreland Commission, says it acted with “total independence.”

Issa to Examine Import-Export Bank Corruption

Orders former employee to appear before Oversight Committee.

Whistleblower Presses KBR Docs Challenge

Lawyers in Kellogg Brown & Root case argue docs should be disclosed.

Will Shurtleff, Swallow Be Tried Together?

Experts doubt it.

Did the Government Suppress Blackwater Evidence?

Security firm’s defense team argue govt suppressed exculpatory evidence.

DOJ Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group’s Files

Gov’t says group has docs it does not want disclosed.

Holder: DOJ “Closely Monitoring” Chokehold Probe

In the investigation of the death of Staten Island man.

All the Times Holder Gave it Straight

No chaser, says the Root.

DOJ Blasts DEA

After DEA leaves suspect in cell for five days.

DOJ Wants Streaming to Be Illegal

Pushing Congress to make online streaming a felony.

DOJ to Reform Albuquerque Police

The second police department in a week to get DOJ oversight.

Preet Bharara and Andrew Cuomo

Manhattan U.S. attorney and former Moreland Commission members may examine Cuomo.

Issa to DOJ: Show Me the Files

Issa wants to take a look at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup files.

How Was Perrelli Picked?

OpEd: How was Thomas Perrelli chosen? The DOJ should end its secret process.

Prosecutors Reading Inmate-to-Lawyer Emails

Do inmates have a right to confidential emails with their lawyers?

DOJ Suspends GA Poll-Watching

First time in decades GA voters won’t have DOJ watching over their shoulders.

OpEd: Punishing Banks Not Enough

Slate Magazine says we need “real, constructive reform.”

The Short-Lived Moreland Commission

A timeline of Preet Bharara’s investigation into Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission.

U.S. Courts Create Uncertainty with Obamacare

Washington D.C. judges rule against healthcare plan, Richmond judges rule in favor.

DOJ Calls for Federal Monitor of Newark Police

In order to watch for police violations of citizens’ constitutional rights.

NOLA Commenting Scandal Resurfaces

Members of a 2011 jury called in to answer questions related to the US attorney office scandal.

Holder: Retroactive Drug Sentencing Guidelines a “Milestone”

About 46k prisoners may petition for early release.

DC Man Exonerated

DNA testing shows FBI error in conviction.

Hogsett Steps Down

US Attorney in Indianapolis steps down amid mayoral talk.

Ex U.S. Attorney to Monitor Corinthian Colleges

Patrick Fitzgerald to monitor struggling for-profit education company.

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