Business Opportunity Fraud Arrests Made Across the Country

Yesterday, the Justice Department announced the filing of seven civil and criminal “business opportunity fraud” cases in five states. The government is calling the series of actions a “sweep” although the cases seem to be unrelated. However, the cases were all investigated by the Justice Department through the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and…

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Apego, Inc. Executives Charged with Conspiracy to Evade Customs Duties

On Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the indictment of two executives of a Lawrenceville company on federal charges of conspiracy to evade U.S. “anti-dumping” duties on paper produced in China and bribery of foreign officials. The company, Apego Inc., is a major supplier of lined notebook paper for schools. Federal prosecutors allege that executives of…

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigations in Russia

Federal attorneys writing for the National Law Journal have speculated that Russia is the next frontier for enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a federal statute prohibiting corrupt activity by U.S. businesses and their employees in foreign countries. According to the authors, FCPA prosecutions have been increasing substantially in recent years, and the Department…

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