Tagged: DOJ

Episode 280 — Healthcare Compliance and Fraud

Episode 280 — Healthcare Compliance and Fraud

Looking back in time, the compliance field owes a lot to the healthcare industry.  In the 1990s, there was a dramatic explosion in the industry in response to aggressive federal enforcement programs and increasing regulation.  All of a sudden, compliance officers who sat in the backrooms of legal departments were “volunteered” to address proactive compliance.  Federal regulators pushed the compliance function to assume a much...

DOJ Arrests 78 Defendants in Nationwide Crackdown on Healthcare Fraud

DOJ Arrests 78 Defendants in Nationwide Crackdown on Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare fraud continues to plague the industry – each year Medicare and Medicaid suffer over $100 billion in losses from fraudsters. Prosecuting fraud cases in the healthcare industry is like shooting fish in a barrel – there are an infinite number of targets. To publicize its efforts, each year, DOJ executes multiple nationwide takedowns, rounding up healthcare fraudsters across the nation.  In its most recent...

Episode 278 — “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement and Compliance

Episode 278 — “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement and Compliance

Last year, the Department of Justice warned global companies of a new, aggressive strategy for enforcement of trade sanctions and export controls. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated that sanctions and export enforcement constituted “The New FCPA.” DOJ, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) have joined forces to aggressively enforce sanctions...

Justice Department Announces First Criminal Cases from Multi-Agency Disruptive Technology Strike Force

Justice Department Announces First Criminal Cases from Multi-Agency Disruptive Technology Strike Force

The Justice Department has made it clear that it intends to prioritize criminal prosecution of national security cases to prevent hostile nation-states from illegally acquiring sensitive U.S technology.  To this end, DOJ created the Disruptive Technology Strike Force (“DTSF”), which is led by both DOJ and the Department of Commerce to disrupt illegal procurement networks. The DTSF reflects DOJ’s hyper-focus on national security crimes, including...

DOJ’s Enforcement and Compliance Changes: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Voluntary Disclosures

DOJ’s Enforcement and Compliance Changes: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Voluntary Disclosures

The Justice Department certainly has altered the landscape of enforcement, compliance priorities, and ultimately corporate decisions surrounding voluntary disclosure.  It has become a little bit more complicated to sort out all the carrots and sticks.  One thing is clear – DOJ wants more companies to voluntarily disclose misconduct.  And that is understandable. DOJ does not want companies to wait until they receive a grand jury...

Episode 275 — Five Steps to Enhance Your Sanctions Compliance Program

Episode 275 — Five Steps to Enhance Your Sanctions Compliance Program

Even with the current focus on sanctions compliance, many companies have done little to assess and enhance their existing sanctions compliance program.  Instead, companies have stitched together a basic sanctions compliance program that centers on a screening tool and little beyond that.  Such a limited program provides just a  false comfort of compliance.  Many companies are not even conducting the mandated basic requirement of annual...

Corporate Crime and National Security – The Confluence of Prosecution and Foreign Policy (Part I of III)

Corporate Crime and National Security – The Confluence of Prosecution and Foreign Policy (Part I of III)

To restate the obvious – DOJ has prioritized prosecution of national security crimes.  For the business world, every company touches the international economy.  Even a domestic company might sell products or services outside the United States, or such companies depend on foreign products or services in their supply chain.  It is rare indeed to find a company that is not dependent on one way or...

Webinar: “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement

Webinar: “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 12 Noon EST Sign Up HERE Last year, the Department of Justice warned global companies of a new, aggressive strategy for enforcement of trade sanctions and export controls. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated that sanctions and export enforcement constituted “The New FCPA.” DOJ, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control...

Promoting Your Corporate Culture – Accountability and Messaging (Part II of III)

Promoting Your Corporate Culture – Accountability and Messaging (Part II of III)

As a company’s most valuable intangible asset, we have witnessed the wreckage of companies that have fallen victim to reputational damage, scandal and ultimately the wasteland of a rotten corporate culture.  In these situations, employee misconduct rates increase, wrongdoing and scandal surround the company, and corporate leaders ultimately fall from failing to sail the corporate ship in the right directions. There are tell-tale signs of...

Making Corporate Culture a Reality: Define and Embed (Part I of III)

Making Corporate Culture a Reality: Define and Embed (Part I of III)

Everyone has jumped on the corporate culture bandwagon.  For some new converts, they like to espouse corporate culture as a recent discovery, or a new-fangled approach for compliance programs. The story of corporate culture as a talismanic tool for ethics and compliance is really nothing new.  Chief compliance officers knew the importance of corporate culture from the beginning.  A number of companies separately called out...