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FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT

FEDERAL WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, AND SAN JOSE

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a federal white collar crime involving international bribery. John M. Runfola has over 35 years of experience with tackling complex federal FCPA cases of international notoriety. Whether you are an individual or a company, our skilled team of defense attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and experts will provide close and personal attention to your case, combing through evidence, conducting an independent investigation, developing a strong defense theory, and negotiating with the authorities.

WHAT IS THE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT?

The FCPA, a federal law with an international focus, prohibits the bribery of (1) foreign issuers of securities, and (2) foreign officials. An individual or an entire company can be implicated under the FCPA. The law is aimed at preventing U.S. companies from engaging in anti-competitive practices by using bribes to further their own interests.

Congress requires all publicly traded U.S. companies to follow enumerated accounting procedures so that all business practices are accurately and transparently recorded. These procedures include keeping records of all transactions, utilizing an internal accounting system, creating compliance and oversight protocol, and maintaining due diligence in reporting.

PENALTIES

  • Criminal penalties for individuals: Up to 5 years in federal prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
  • Criminal penalties for companies: Up to $2 million in fines.
  • Civil penalties: Up to $500,000 in fines, seizure of profits, and disbarment from participating in government contracts.

UNYIELDING FCPA DEFENSE YOU CAN RELY ON

If you have been accused of violating the FCPA, we can assist you with defending against civil and criminal liability. We can advise you on how to both comply with the law and address accusations of bribery. Our law firm specializes in white collar crimes, and we have assisted countless individuals and companies with avoiding indictments through rigorous investigations and negotiations. FCPA violations are often associated with internal investigations and heavy media coverage. We provide comprehensive representation from the beginning to the end, both inside and outside the courtroom.

We will work closely with you to craft a defense strategy customized to the unique facts of your case and your personal goals. To schedule a free consultation with our white collar criminal defense lawyers, call The Law Office of John M. Runfola today at (415) 391-4243 or email us. 

 

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