FCPA Conviction Provides Cautionary Warning Regarding Anti-Corruption Due Diligence

On July 10, 2009 a federal jury in New York convicted Frederic Bourke, co-founder of handbag maker Dooney & Bourke, of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). The conviction is significant for the two FCPA enforcement trends it highlights. First, the prosecution of Mr. Bourke demonstrates that both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are focused on investigating and charging individuals for violating the FCPA. In the first half of 2009 alone, the Department of Justice indicted eight people on charges of violating the FCPA, illustrating that no longer will companies alone be the subject of FCPA prosecutions.

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