David Krakoff On Defending Against FCPA Claims in USA Today
May 3, 2012
Partner David Krakoff was interviewed in Kevin McCoy's USA Today article, "Public Firms Usually Settle Foreign Bribery Charges."
But the government has suffered bruising setbacks amid its successes. Unlike corporations, several individuals charged under the anti-corruption law have gone to trial in the last few years, and won.
Federal prosecutors grabbed headlines in 2010 when they announced an undercover sting had produced indictments of 22 executives and employees of military and law enforcement contracting firms for allegedly scheming to bribe African government officials in exchange for contracts.
But in the succeeding months, the alleged conspiracy prosecution collapsed in a mistrial, acquittals and the government's decision to drop the case.
David Krakoff, a BuckleySandler attorney who represented one of the defendants, theorized that prosecutors thought they would obtain quick guilty pleas "because they had videotapes and they had audiotapes and they had invoices going back and forth, and they had substantial e-mail contact."