Public Corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Public corruption investigations cover all allegations of abuse of political office such as offering or receiving bribes, whether here in the United States or in another country. It is important to note that the government also prosecutes U.S. businesses and individuals who corruptly influence foreign politicians and officials. These cases are brought under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and often involve dealings in China, South America, and elsewhere. While a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lauro was part of a team that investigated and prosecuted a widespread corruption scheme involving federal defense contractors. The investigation also reached congressional offices. In private practice, he has counseled individuals involved in public corruption allegations and has represented the CEO of a public company who was investigated for FCPA violations—and successfully resolved the matter with no criminal charges brought against any individuals.