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Can a Whistleblower Report Suspected Bribes Paid to Local Officials?

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The United States takes a hard line against bribery involving foreign officials, corporations or U.S. government projects abroad. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) covers such violations. But the rules can sometimes be confusing to people unfamiliar with this federal law enacted in 1977 and revised twice since then – in 1988 and 1998.

If you suspect wrongdoing but you’re not sure what to do, make sure you talk to a whistleblower attorney who understands the FCPA. Make sure you talk to a lawyer at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., in Houston. Our legal team has decades of experience dealing with complex legal cases throughout the world. We’re familiar with many of the questions people have about whistleblower-related legislation and we’re here to help.

Frequently asked questions about whistleblower cases involving bribery

Some of the most common questions we receive from whistleblowers involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act include:

Can a whistleblower report suspected bribes paid to local officials?

Yes. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of bribes, kickbacks, or other payoffs to local foreign officials (or domestic officials in certain circumstances) can report such violations overseas to the U.S. government. These violations can include:

  • American companies bribing foreign officials
  • Foreign companies bribing officials in connection with U.S. government contracts
  • Foreign companies bribing American officials

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Are whistleblowers that report bribes paid to local officials financially compensated?

Yes. Whistleblowers often receive a portion of the money – often 10 to 30 percent – recovered during such investigations. Such rewards are stipulated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in 2010.

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Can I remain anonymous if I report a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation?

Yes. Whistleblowers who report bribery allegations can remain anonymous under the rules stipulated in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, provided the anonymous whistleblower hires an attorney to act on his or her behalf.

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Who investigates allegations of bribery paid to foreign local officials?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) handles most investigations involving bribery of foreign officials. However, other U.S. government agencies may be involved in such investigations depending on the nature of the violations.

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Am I immune from prosecution if I report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations?

If you are actively involved in illegal activity yourself, you could be prosecuted – even if you are a whistleblower. Don’t take a chance. Call Brewer & Pritchard, P.C.

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Should I hire a lawyer if I report suspected bribes paid to local officials overseas?

Yes. By hiring an attorney, you can discuss all your legal options. An attorney can stand by your side throughout the process and make sure your rights and privacy are protected if you step forward and report illegal activity involving bribery, kickbacks, or other payoffs to foreign local officials.

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Our whistleblower lawyers fight against bribery involving local officials abroad

Whistleblower cases involving bribes to local or foreign officials are serious offenses that demand strong legal action. We respect and admire individuals who step forward to bring attention to the proper authorities. It takes tremendous courage for a whistleblower to take action. That’s why we want to do our part to help you as well. We know how to investigate such claims, and know what evidence to look for and how to build a strong legal case.

Can a whistleblower report suspected payoffs or kickbacks by contractors to the U.S. government?

We also understand the urgency and private nature of such cases. That’s why we work discreetly and efficiently to protect your privacy. We realize you’re taking a significant risk by coming forward. We also realize there’s often little time to waste when working on such cases. Evidence is often destroyed if too much time passes. In addition, there can only be one whistleblower for each case under the False Claims Act’s first-to-file rule.

Discover what an experienced whistleblower lawyer can do for you. Contact our Houston law firm right now. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule an appointment. We’re ready and eager to tackle your whistleblower case and hold people responsible for their actions.

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