Monthly archive for July 2016

Chilean Airliner Agrees to $12.75 Million Penalty Following FCPA Suit

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Chilean airline LATAM has agreed to pay a $12.75 million fine as part of a DPA in its FCPA investigation.  The private group operated a shell company that provided faulty contracts, which were virtually bribes, to Argentine officials, in turn leading to their neighboring country’s contracting of

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Johnson and Johnson Subsidiary Pays $18 million to Resolve False Claims Allegations, CEO Jailed

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Acclarent Inc, a Califonia-based medical devise manufacturer, has paid $18 million to settle DOJ False Claims case.  The Johnson and Johnson subsidiary wrongfully marketed their sinus spacer devise to be used with certain post-surgical medicines, a combination not cleared by the FDA, but profitable due to their common

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CartelCapers: Microsoft Wins SCA Case Over DOJ

Cinnaminson, NJ-  In a CartelCapers piece written by Robert Connolly (shown below), Microsoft is reported to have won a SCA case against the DOJ for their attempts to seize documents from an Irish email server.  The Stored Communication Act (SCA) is a 1986-signed law that protects private email data and

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SDFL: Miami Nursing Home Owner, Others Charged in Billion-Dollar Medicare Scheme

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Philip Esformes, 47, the owner of over 30 assisted living facilities, has been charged along with Odette Barcha, 49, and Arnado Cormouze, 56, in a billion-dollar Medicare Fraud scheme.  Esformes and his cohorts would take advantage of the nursing homes’ residents’ Medicare ties by admitting them

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Las Vegas Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Nigerian Oil Scheme

Cinnaminson, NJ-  In a trial featuring over 10 confirmed felonies, a Nevada man, Anton Paul Drago, 65, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.  The fraudster was convicted in March for counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, submitting false claims to the VA, lying

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Dutch Drilling Company Pays Brazil $342 Million in Corruption Settlement

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Netherlands-based drilling company SMB Offshore NV has reached a $342 million settlement with state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Brazilian Petroleum SA) following a near-complete investigation into corruption allegations.  Though at the time of the settlement no conclusive evidence was found, Brazilian investigators did find “red flags” in the Dutch

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Brazil Announces Anti-Procurement Fraud Program in Wake of Rio 2016

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Feeling the oncoming wave of eager bidders and publicity-hungry corporations, Brazil has decided to institute a procurement fraud initiative in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Reeling from a messy 2014 World Cup contracting process of excessive contracts, inflated bids, and construction disasters, the Brazil government has

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Former New Jersey Attorney General and Chairman of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners Pleads Guilty to Bribery Former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Also Charged in Bribery Scheme United Continental Holdings Inc. Agrees to Reforms, Will Pay $2.25 Million Penalty David Samson, 76, of Aiken, South Carolina,

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CDCA: Chinese National Faces 46 Months for Conspiracy to Steal U.S. Military Technical Info

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer and is now facing 46 months in prison.  The 51-year-old Chinese national played the middleman in a multi-year Chinese military scheme to obtain

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Louis Berger Int’l VPs Sentenced for 12-Year Procurement Fraud Scandal

Exposing a 12-year contracting scheme, the District of New Jersey has sentenced two Louis Berger International VPs for one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and one substantiative count of violating the FCPA.  James McClung, 60, and Richard Hirsch, 62, received one year in prison and

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