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On July 10, news and technology blog Digital Olympus.com commented on a Wall Street Journal news article by Samuel Rubenfeld about New York federal judge William H. Pauley’s decision to reverse the ruling that would have allowed French businessman Frederic Cilins to be released on $15 million bail.
According to the Wall Street Journal news piece, Frederic Cilins was accused in April by the Department of Justice for allegedly obstructing a government FCPA investigation into BSG Resources Ltd. possible bribes in the Republic of Guinea. These bribes would have secured lucrative mining rights for the aforementioned company.
In response to the Wall Street Journal news report, DigitalOlympus.com lead team of researchers highlighted the case as the most recent example of the U.S. government’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, regardless of their nationality.
The Wall Street Journal news article further stated that, “Cilins, who pleaded not guilty in May to obstruction of justice charges, had sought to have a $15 million bond reduced. Instead, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III threw the bail out, and set a trial date for Dec. 2.”
DigitalOlympus.com lead researcher Josh Cole considered the fact that Cilins was denied bail as a cautionary tale of sorts for companies and business leaders out there; mostly because FCPA probes seem to have become not only more common but also more severe in 2013.
“We’ve said before that, since its adoption in 1977, the FCPA has gained a crucial role in the government’s war against corruption,” said Cole. “At Digital Olympus we urge our readers to conduct due diligence investigations and hire specialized firms in business intelligence that can help them develop procedures to mitigate risk of FCPA violations.”
The Wall Street Journal article concluded by stating that Cilins allegedly decided to pay Madamie Toure (fourth wife of the late Guinean dictator Lansana Conte) “to give him original contracts to destroy before they reached a grand jury investigating potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices.”
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