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FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 17, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, recently established another weapon in the battle against foreign bribery and kleptocracy-related criminal activity: three dedicated international corruption squads, based in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

According to the FBI, foreign bribery incidents increasingly are tied to a type of government corruption known as kleptocracy, a form of political or government corruption involving foreign officials who steal from their government treasuries to enrich their own personal wealth. Last year, for example, the Justice Department forfeited more than $480...

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