The Foreign Corruption Practices Act, or FCPA, is a federal law aimed at maintaining the integrity of dealings between US businesses and foreign parties who could be swayed to illegally further their interests overseas. Under the law, it is illegal for individuals in these US organizations to influence foreign collaborators with bribes or rewards. Both US citizens, their companies, and participating foreign nationals visiting the US can be charged under this act and face serious fines and even prison time if convicted.
If you have been accused of violating the Foreign Corruption Practices Act, then our team at Okabe & Haushalter invites you to contact us today. Our dedicated Los Angeles international criminal defense lawyers are well-versed in navigating these complex cases, deciphering the paper trails they often involve, and thoroughly countering the federal government’s allegations against our clients.
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The FCPA: Who Is Subject?
The Foreign Corruption Practices Act provides broad definitions of who the act applies to and who can be punished if a violation were to occur. It prohibits “the use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce” to bribe or award gifts in order to further business deals.
The FCPA prohibits these dealings with:
Foreign political parties
Any intermediary parties complicit in the bribe
These prohibitions also apply to foreign nationals who participate in this activity while in the US. Not only have FCPA violation charges been known to yield very serious penalties for individuals, they have also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for companies and corporations who have been found guilty. That is why it is so critical to maintain experienced, vigilant counsel in these cases.
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