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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violations

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was created in 1977 primarily to address allegations of corruption and bribery of foreign officials, according to Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC, a Houston-based law firm that represents businesses and professionals throughout the world accused of violating this federal law.

The FCPA might seem straightforward on the surface. Whether or not an individual or business follows all the rules and regulations outlined in the FCPA might not be so clear. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced, white collar criminal defense lawyer familiar with the FCPA. Our attorneys can review the case against you and advise you on the best course of action.

What are common violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers bribery allegations involving government officials or private companies. This wide-ranging law can also include foreign companies doing business in the United States. Examples of criminal activity covered by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act include:

  • American companies accused of bribing foreign officials to obtain foreign business contracts
  • Overseas companies accused of bribing American officials to obtain U.S. government contracts
  • American companies accused of bribing American officials to obtain overseas U.S. contracts
  • American companies accused of bribing officials to overlook illegal activity at overseas U.S. bases
  • What constitutes bribery and corruption can often be open to interpretation. That’s why we want to meet with you to analyze your case.

Our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense lawyers build strong legal cases

Evidence is critical in legal cases involving allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Department of Justice (DOJ) or other federal investigators need to prove that you or your business violated the FCPA. We can investigate the civil or criminal charges against you and gather evidence in your support.

Many FCPA cases involve qui tam law. In these cases, whistleblowers are often financially compensated for reporting allegations of bribery or corruption of individuals or companies. Specifically, whistleblowers often receive 10-30 percent of any funds recovered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These rewards are stipulated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in 2010.

Our law firm understands the rules and regulations involving the FCPA, as well as the relevant SEC regulations covering these cases. Allegations of FCPA violations are often subject to a five-year statute of limitations, meaning any charges against you based on whistleblower complaints or law enforcement actions may be dismissed if they exceed the five-year deadline.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense attorneys who fight for you

The penalties for violating the FCPA can be severe. Civil penalties can include thousands of dollars in fines. Criminal penalties for FCPA violations can include millions of dollars in fines. You could also be subject to government forfeiture of assets and sentenced to serve time in a federal prison.

Make sure you have a legal team on your side who knows how to handle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. Make sure you contact Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC. Our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense lawyers can defend your rights and represent you at all court proceedings. Schedule your case evaluation today. We represent clients worldwide.

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