Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York and Washington DC offices edit the digest and select the most important material so that you can use this digest as a single source of information.
In this edition, among the many topics discussed, we report on news that IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. has agreed to pay a $7 million penalty to resolve a DoJ investigation into an alleged conspiracy to bribe Kuwaiti officials to win a $4 million contract; updates from the healthcare sector where it is reported that Hebrew Homes Health Network Inc. is said to have agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims under the False Claims Act; and a former councilman of Moreno Valley being sentenced to five years in a federal prison for taking a $2.4 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a real estate broker.
Reports from the UK include an update on the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials by the press, Operation Elveden, where a journalist has been sentenced to a suspended term of 18 months’ imprisonment for making payments to a public official between 2008 and 2011; the trial of the first individual following the investigation into the manipulation of Libor, who stands accused of conspiring to rig the key interest rate between 2006 and 2010; and a speech by the Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption at the SFO, in which he stated that the office has issued its first invitation letters, giving corporates the opportunity to enter into deferred prosecution agreements.
Global updates include reports on FIFA, the governing body of world football, which is under investigation amid allegations of endemic corruption; China’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign, including news that China’s former head of security has been sentenced to life in prison for allegedly accepting bribes; reports that an anti-corruption watchdog has claimed that it has “proof” that British oil and gas company, Soco, made alleged payments of thousands of dollars to a Congolese military officer, whose soldiers have been accused of bribing and intimidating opponents to the company’s oil exploration in a Unesco World Heritage site in the DRC; plus anti-corruption developments in Algeria, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Russia and more from around the globe.
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