DOJ Issues New Guidance for Corporate Compliance Programs

DOJ Issues New Guidance for Corporate Compliance Programs

In April 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance designed to assist federal prosecutors in evaluating corporate compliance programs. In criminal cases, prosecutors will use the new guidance to determine whether a company’s compliance program was adequate and effective. This determination is important because companies can receive more lenient treatment if they had an effective compliance program in place at the time of the offense.

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NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

In 2009, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission failed after the satellite couldn’t reach its intended orbit because the structure that encapsulates the satellite during launch refused to separate from the vessel upon command. The same malfunction occurred in 2011, when NASA’s Glory mission satellite was destroyed in the atmosphere after its shell did not open fully. After years of technical and mechanical investigations, NASA Launch Services Program announced on April 30 that they had located the root cause of the mission failures: faulty metals sold to NASA by Sapa Profiles Inc., an aluminum manufacturing company based in Oregon.

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Report to the Nations: Read the Stories Behind the Numbers

Report to the Nations: Read the Stories Behind the Numbers

Fraud inherently deals with lots of numerical data and fraud examiners are experts at diving into those numbers and finding evidence of wrong-doing. However, with balance sheets, ledgers, expense reports and other dense documents at the forefront of many investigations, it’s easy to forget the stories of those people affected by the fraud.

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Elizabeth Holmes: The Next Steve Jobs or Bernie Madoff?

Elizabeth Holmes: The Next Steve Jobs or Bernie Madoff?

Much has been written and recorded about Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech start-up Theranos, once valued at more than $10 billion. ABC Radio recently released a six-episode podcast titled “The Dropout” that chronicles the rise and fall of the figure who critics have come to call the 21st century’s Bernie Madoff, and dedicated followers of the years-long fraud scandal will recall the original Wall Street Journal reports by John Carreyrou that drew national attention to the fraud when they were released starting in 2015. Carreyrou subsequently published the impeccably-researched Bad Blood, a critically-revered book that chronicles the intricacies of the scandalizing saga. For those who prefer the filmic format of delivery, HBO put out a gripping documentary that provides all the requisite information in a mere two hours, a minuscule time investment in comparison to the decades-long fraud for which Holmes continues to face legal battles.

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The Rise and Fall of the 1MDB Mastermind

The Rise and Fall of the 1MDB Mastermind

Published in September of 2018, Tom Wright and Bradley Hope’s Billion Dollar Whale: The Man who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World is a detailed depiction of one of the largest, most sprawling financial fraud schemes of the 21st century. Wright and Hope, two long-time Wall Street Journal reporters, take the reader through the almost unbelievable tale of Jho Low’s rise to conspicuous wealth and international stardom. As Wright and Hope outline in their author’s note, they hoped not only to explain Low’s methods and motives but also to present a “larger portrait, about capitalism and inequality, told through the life of Low.” By exposing the links between big banks, kleptocracy, and corruption within Hollywood and Wall Street, Wright and Hope elucidate the structural concerns that enabled Low’s scheme while crafting a gripping narrative of infuriating oversights and ostentatious decadence.

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