Law Enforcement

SBM Offshore N.V. And United States-Based Subsidiary Resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case Involving Bribes in Five Countries

SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM), a Netherlands-based company specializing in the manufacture and design of offshore oil drilling equipment, and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, SBM Offshore USA Inc. (SBM USA), have agreed to resolve criminal charges and pay...

Justice Department Sues to Stop Miami-Dade County Tax Return Preparers Allegedly Engaged in Fabricating Deductions and Credits

The United States has asked a federal court in Miami, Florida, to permanently bar Simon Accounting & Tax Services LLC, and three of its preparers, Vilbrun Simon, Saintanise Agenord, and Wilcienne Pierre, from preparing federal income tax returns...

Former Employee of U.S. Government Contractor in Afghanistan Sentenced to Prison for Accepting $250,000 in Kickbacks from Subcontractor

On November 28, a former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan was sentenced to 21 months in prison for accepting over $250,000 in illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in return for his assistance in obtaining subcontracts...

Venezuela Arrests Top Citgo Executives

Venezuelan authorities arrested the acting president of Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), along with five other senior executives Tuesday for alleged corruption.

Head of Organization Backed by Chinese Energy Conglomerate, and Former Foreign Minister of Senegal, Charged With Bribing High-Level African Officials

A criminal complaint , on November 20, was unsealed charging the head of a non-governmental organization based in Hong Kong and Virginia and the former Foreign Minister of Senegal with participating in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar scheme to bribe...

North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

A former Durham, North Carolina, tax return preparer was sentenced to 24 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns, on November 16, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M....

North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison For Tax and Bankruptcy Fraud

A Greensboro, North Carolina, resident was sentenced to 37 months in prison for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), filing a fraudulent tax return, and bankruptcy fraud, on November 16, announced Acting Deputy...

Closing Sri Lanka’s Gender Gaps in the Workforce

Removing barriers to women’s paid work will encourage more Sri Lankan women to participate in the workforce, finds a new World Bank report. Safe childcare and transportation, early orientation to career development to better prepare girls to enter and...