The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a U.S. law that prohibits bribery of foreign (non-U.S.) government employees. If you think you have information on an FCPA violation, we suggest that you speak to an attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to a reward for reporting it.
If you are trying to figure out if something is an FCPA violation, here are the three signals that will help you recognize a violation:
The FCPA prohibits bribery of (non-U.S.) government employees. A government employee can be anyone that works for a foreign government. This can include people of any profession; doctors, engineers, accountants, clerks or politicians. It also includes people employed indirectly by the government, such as by a company owned by the government, or an organization controlled by the government.
The following are some examples of people who would be considered a government employee:
The FCPA prohibits giving or promising "anything of value" to the government employee. The term "anything of value" is very broad and includes cash, holidays, meals or entertainment for the government employee or their family. It can also include more obscure benefits like promising to give jobs, internships, or charitable donations to the employee or their family.
The following are some examples of items that can be considered something of value:
The last piece of an FCPA violation is that the person giving something to the government employee expects to get something in return. This is sometimes called a "quid pro quo" ("this for that"). Usually the person giving something to the government employee expects to get a business advantage in return, such as a contract, information on competitors, or inside information on a tender process.
In one notable FCPA case we previously profiled, a company was trying to win a government contract. During the negotiations, the company promised to give a job to one of the government employees they were negotiating with. That case led to a large fine for the company and $28 million for the whistleblower who reported it.
If you think you have information on an FCPA violation, you should speak with an attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to million-dollar reward for reporting it. The first person to report the violation gets the award, so it's important to move quickly before someone takes your award.
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