Federal Prosecutions Under Foreign Corrupt Practices Law Dropped Last Year


Federal foreign bribery and corruption prosecutions declined last year even as 15 new countries were cracking down on such crimes involving their own government officials, says a survey by Trace International Inc. reported by the National Law Journal. The survey found that prosecutions under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act against individuals, businesses, or government entities dropped by 52 percent compared with 2011. In countries other than the United States, foreign bribery prosecutions fell by 42 percent. Despite last year’s drop, enforcement actions are surging in 2013, said Trace’s Julie Coleman. “We don’t think 2012 is a harbinger of what’s going to happen in 2013,” she said. “Originally, it was off to a slow start, but there are a lot of things percolating.” The report found mining and other extractive industries responsible for the most foreign bribery actions, followed by manufacturing and service providers; aerospace or defense/security; and health care. Investigations are pending in retail and entertainment.

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