Tenet-affiliated health systems to pay $30M in DOJ kickback case
Tenet Healthcare, Vanguard Health Systems, and the Detroit Medical Center agreed to pay $29.7 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice addressing allegations they provided kickbacks to doctors who made referrals to their health organizations.
Gartner to pay $2.5M to settle alleged FCPA violations in South Africa
Gartner agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission addressing alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in South Africa.
Supreme Court once again strikes blow to DOJ’s fraud theories
A pair of unanimous Supreme Court decisions handed down earlier this month are the latest in a string of cases in which it has expressed concerns about government overreach regarding anti-corruption enforcement and wire fraud statutes.
Precision Lens, owner ordered to pay $487M in false claims judgment
A judge affirmed more than $487 million in penalties and damages against Precision Lens and its owner after a jury found they filed tens of thousands of false claims to Medicare and violated the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Survey: Anti-bribery and corruption benchmarking
The Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking report strives to give compliance practitioners insights into bribery and corruption challenges facing them in today’s corporate world.
ESG reporting an opportunity to showcase compliance quality
Hassan Chaudry, director of compliance at Canada-based asset management firm Starlight Investments, shares his take on how companies can derive value from their compliance efforts regarding environmental, social, and governance and anti-bribery and corruption.
Philips to pay $62M to settle alleged FCPA violations in China
Dutch conglomerate Royal Philips will pay more than $62 million to settle allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when its subsidiaries engaged in improper conduct to win contracts in China.
Stryker facing new scrutiny over possible FCPA violations
Stryker disclosed it is investigating whether certain of its business activities might have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company previously settled Securities and Exchange Commission charges of violating the FCPA twice in the last decade.
Frank’s International to pay $8M in FCPA case
Dutch oilfield services provider Frank’s International agreed to pay nearly $8 million as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly paying bribes to influence oil drilling contracts in Angola.
Ericsson’s sordid affair with DOJ raises questions on DPAs, transparency
A critical examination of Ericsson’s 2019 deferred prosecution agreement and the Department of Justice’s determination the company breached the agreement raises questions regarding the overall lack of accountability in the corruption scheme.
Adobe to pay $3M over government kickback allegations
Adobe agreed to pay $3 million to settle allegations it paid kickbacks in an attempt to win more software purchase orders from the federal government.
Genotox Laboratories to pay $5.9M in DOJ kickback settlement
Genotox Laboratories agreed to pay at least $5.9 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by paying volume-based commissions to third-party marketers and submitting claims to federal healthcare programs for unnecessary drug tests.
DOJ: Covenant Healthcare paid $69M in 2021 false claims settlement
Michigan-based Covenant Healthcare System paid $69 million to settle whistleblower allegations it engaged in illegal referral and kickback schemes.
Polite: Look to ABB case for ‘extraordinary cooperation’ example
Compliance officers seeking clarity on what the Department of Justice means by “extraordinary” cooperation or “immediate” self-disclosure should look to the agency’s case history, said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. during a speech.
TRACE enforcement report highlights anti-bribery trends from 2022
The United States broke from a three-year downturn in bribery-related enforcement actions, while Brazil continued its emergence in the space, according to the results of the latest annual Global Enforcement Report by nonprofit TRACE.
DOJ declines to prosecute Corsa Coal in FCPA case
Corsa Coal Corp. was notified by the Department of Justice it won’t face prosecution for alleged bribes employees paid to Egypt’s Al Nasr Company for Coke and Chemicals to secure coal supply contracts.
Ex-Goldman banker sentenced to 10 years for 1MDB fraud role
Former Goldman Sachs Managing Director Roger Ng was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the 1MDB fraud scandal.
Flutter Entertainment to pay $4M for legacy FCPA violations
Ireland-based gaming and sports betting company Flutter Entertainment will pay a $4 million fine to resolve SEC charges payments made to Russian consultants by a company it acquired violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
SEC orders Rio Tinto to pay $15M over FCPA violations
U.K.-based mining and minerals company Rio Tinto will pay a $15 million fine to settle charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when it entered into a scheme with a consultant in 2011 to bribe government officials in Guinea.
Ericsson to pay $207M for breaches of 2019 DPA over FCPA violations
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson agreed to pay nearly $207 million following two breaches of its 2019 deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. authorities.
Ericsson searching for CCO successor amid extended compliance monitorship
Ericsson announced the departure of Chief Compliance Officer Laurie Waddy as the Swedish telecommunications company braces for another year under an independent compliance monitorship.
Stanley Black & Decker discloses potential FCPA violations
Stanley Black & Decker voluntarily disclosed to the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission its international division might have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
DOJ publishes voluntary self-disclosure policy for corporations
The Department of Justice codified a new policy regarding the voluntary self-disclosure of corporate misconduct, following recent announcements on the updates by agency officials.
EU handbook touts diverse practices for combating corruption
The European Commission published a collection of best practices from each European Union member state that companies and compliance officers might find useful to combat corruption.
DOJ official defends use of DPAs amid criticisms
Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lisa Miller spoke to the value of deferred prosecution agreements to resolve corporate misconduct amid renewed criticism directed toward the Department of Justice’s 2021 agreement with Boeing.
SFO’s Balli Steel win latest to leverage international cooperation
The Serious Fraud Office secured the convictions of two executives at failed British steel trading business Balli Steel on six counts of fraud. Legal experts examine whether “record-breaking” international cooperation in the case served as a crutch for the U.K. regulator.
TI 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index shows ‘scant progress’
Around the world, countries attempting to address their corruption issues are not making much progress, while countries failing to address corruption are worsening the problem, according to Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index.
CPE Webcast: Best practices for ABAC compliance in 2023
In today’s hyper-connected and media-driven world, corruption can be a serious challenge for organizations to manage.
J&J unit to pay $9.75M to settle kickback suit
A Johnson & Johnson medical device subsidiary admitted to providing thousands of dollars in equipment as kickbacks to an orthopedic surgeon as part of a $9.75 million settlement reached with the Department of Justice.
DOJ urges voluntary self-disclosure in corporate enforcement policy updates
The Department of Justice unveiled new incentives to encourage companies to voluntarily report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including steep discounts in monetary fines against businesses that self-disclose misconduct.
U.S. bribery risk landscape in 2023: TRACE Matrix, Corruption Risk Forecast
Analyzing the results of two recent reports offers an understanding of the U.S. landscape around anti-bribery efforts entering 2023 and where elevated risks might lie.
Ten things I’d like to see happen in 2023 (2022 in review)
Expect big developments for the compliance profession in 2022 to continue to take center stage in the year ahead, including CCO certifications, climate-related disclosures, and more.
DOJ declines to prosecute Safran over alleged FCPA violations
The U.S. Department of Justice informed French aircraft equipment manufacturer Safran that the company would not face prosecution regarding alleged bribes paid by employees at two subsidiaries to a China-based consultant.
Honeywell to pay $203M over bribery claims in Brazil, Algeria
Honeywell International agreed to pay $202.7 million to settle charges it paid bribes to obtain contracts with government entities in Brazil and Algeria in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
DOJ, SEC extend Ericsson compliance monitorship one year
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson agreed with U.S. authorities on a one-year extension of its independent compliance monitorship after a second breach of its obligations under a deferred prosecution agreement earlier this year.
TPRM Summit: Experts discuss FCPA lessons learned from ABB settlement
A panel on regulatory trends at CW’s virtual TPRM and Oversight Summit discussed lessons for compliance departments seeking to learn how to guard themselves against bad actors within their own firms contained in ABB’s recent $327 million bribery settlement.
Glencore to pay $180M in DRC corruption case
Commodity trading and mining company Glencore agreed to pay $180 million to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to settle claims arising from alleged corrupt practices that took place for more than a decade.
Top ethics and compliance failures of 2022
Businesses not taking AML requirements seriously, years of noncompliant off-channel communications catching up to financial services titans, and a manufacturing firm that shared revenue with terrorists comprise CW’s list of the biggest ethics and compliance fails of 2022.
ABB avoids DOJ monitor, to pay $327M over South African bribes
ABB agreed to pay $327 million in penalties to settle coordinated charges it paid bribes to win South African energy contracts. The company entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
DOJ official hints at policy changes for off-channel communications, clawbacks
The Department of Justice is considering issuing new guidance regarding companies’ record-keeping obligations for employees’ use of personal cell phones to conduct corporate business, as well as executive compensation clawback policies.
FCA fines Julius Baer subsidiary $21.5M for bribery scheme
Julius Baer International will pay more than £18 million (U.S. $21.5 million) to settle charges laid by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority for paying bribes to generate business with a Russian oil company.
Ex-BP trader’s failed whistleblower claim to raise U.K. reporting bar?
A U.K. employment tribunal’s ruling that a former BP employee was not entitled to whistleblower protection has shone a spotlight on the legal issues workers must consider ahead of speaking up.
Glencore Energy’s $324M fine for bribery comes with warning to others
Glencore Energy UK was ordered to pay nearly £281 million (U.S. $314 million) in fines and costs after an investigation by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) found it paid $29 million in bribes to gain preferential access to oil in Africa to boost profits.
Insurance broker Gallagher latest target of DOJ Ecuador probe
Insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher is under investigation by the Department of Justice related to its business in Ecuador.
Leidos Holdings under investigation for alleged FCPA violations
Leidos Holdings, a Virginia-based information technology, engineering, aerospace, and defense firm, disclosed it is under investigation by federal law enforcement for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Carter Healthcare, former execs to pay $30M in DOJ settlements over false claims
Home healthcare provider Carter Healthcare and its former chief executive officer and chief operations officer agreed to pay more than $30 million total under two settlements alleging the parties engaged in kickbacks to doctors and filed false claims.
Lafarge to pay $778M for supporting terrorist groups ISIS, ANF in Syria
French multinational building products company Lafarge pleaded guilty to providing material support and resources to two U.S.-designated foreign terrorist groups in Syria, representing the Department of Justice’s first corporate material support for terrorism prosecution.
AT&T to pay $23M to settle Illinois bribery probe
An Illinois-based subsidiary of AT&T will pay $23 million and revamp its ethics and compliance program following a criminal investigation into bribes the company paid attempting to influence the Illinois state legislature.
SEC order against recidivist Oracle skirts the issue
The most notable and relevant details in settlement agreements concerning regulatory compliance violations are often what is not stated. The SEC’s cease-and-desist order against Oracle over violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is no exception.
Report: Global anti-bribery enforcement levels hit record low
Only the United States and Switzerland can be considered “active enforcers” in tackling foreign bribery, while countries like the United Kingdom and Israel have taken a step back, according to the latest report from Transparency International.