DOJ bigwigs were in the audience as four defendants went on trial. UPDATED: 5/19
The company leveled the charges in a false claims suit.
Defense counsel for the case’s 22 defendants claim that the documents could be relevant to their argument that their clients were entrapped by the government.
Judge Richard Leon in Washington threatened to suspend proceedings if new FBI notes about the government’s cooperating witness turn up.
The former vice president for international sales at Florida-based Armor Holdings is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday afternoon.
The former vice president for international sales at Florida-based Armor Holdings entered his guilty plea in D.C. federal court Thursday. UPDATED: 6:22 p.m. Photos inside.
The United Kingdom’s new Bribery Law offers lays out rigorous standards, yet calls for constant flexibility. What will that mean in the real world?
An FBI undercover operation that netted 22 indictments of individuals last year led prosecutors to open a wider criminal probe of the industry. Companies are likely to be charged, people familiar with the matter say.
The U.S. Justice Department’s FCPA investigation of corruption in the international defense supply industry is shining a light on the role Israeli brokers played in preparing the Caucasian republic of Georgia go to war against Russia in 2008. Georgian Ministry of Defense officials allegedly accepted bribes to purchase 21 million rounds of ammunition from a U.S. source. Three defendants in the FBI’s massive FCPA sting case are implicated.
Defense attorneys entered a trove of emails and secretly recorded phone calls into the court record Tuesday, supporting their claim that the government entrapped their clients through an elaborate FBI undercover sting targeting the defense products industry.
Defense counsel have asked for an evidentiary hearing to question cooperator Richard Bistrong and his primary FBI handler, Chris Forvour.
The case is the culmination of an elaborate multiyear sting operation in which FBI agents posed as representatives of the West African country of Gabon, soliciting bribes for a fictitious $15 million deal to supply the Ministry of Defense. UPDATED 12:45 P.M.
Daniel Alvirez on Tuesday described other allegedly corrupt deals in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. His plea gave the Justice Department its first cooperating defendant in a sprawling probe of law enforcement products brokers and suppliers.
The case is the culmination of an elaborate multiyear sting operation in which FBI agents, posed as representatives of the country of Gabon, solicited bribes for a fictitious $15 million arms deal.
So far, says Judge Richard Leon, the defense hasn’t shown any shocking government misconduct.
The issue of the witness’ testimony came up during hearings last week in which prosecutors revealed they had not reviewed thousands of documents for exculpatory evidence.
The trial is seen as a test of the government’s increasingly aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
Defense attorney Eric Bruce questioned one of the undercover agents about an internal FBI audit of the sting operation during cross-examination Monday.
During the course of the investigation, the two men also developed nicknames for each other, using a Puerto Rican slang phrase that translates to “dirty stray dog.”
In 2009, Jonathan Spiller was brought into a $15 million deal to supply the presidential guard of the West African nation of Gabon by his friend and former colleague, Richard Bistrong. What Spiller did not know was that Bistrong was a government cooperator, and the deal was a sham.
The company violated the FCPA when its agents bribed U.N. officials to win $6 million in body armor contracts for peacekeeping units.
Prosecutor Laura Perkins appeared eager to head off one of the defendants’ central arguments in the first trial.
The case’s 18 defendants have been waiting for this moment for nearly three years — the chance to cross examine Richard Bistrong, the former defense products industry executive who set them up.
US District Judge Richard Leon warned prosecutors about potential prejudicial testimony during direct examination of their star witness in the foreign bribery sting case.
But it’s possible to win a conviction when a judge allows the government to explain the impact of corruption on average citizens and legitimate business competitors, a senior Justice Department trial attorney said.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon instead will issue a curative jury instruction in the Washington, D.C., foreign bribery trial. UPDATE: The judge issued an order Monday evening denying the motion for a mistrial.
Criminal Division chief Lanny Breuer showed up in court for the government’s presentation on Monday — a sign of support and the high stakes.
The two acquitted military products brokers wiped away tears as the jury foreman read the verdict.
After two mistrials, the prosecution seems hapless. But the evidence that might have convinced the juries lay on the cutting room floor.
The Justice Department filed to dismiss a Washington, D.C., foreign bribery sting case following a series of mistrials and acquittals.
TRENDS IN FCPA INVESTIGATIONS
Richard Sibery of Ernst & Young LLP's Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services practice for the Americas discusses the UK Bribery Act, the heightened interest of local authorities around the world in conducting anti-corruption probes, and the new focus on private equity.