Professional Service Providers and Criminal Charges

Lauren Stevens, former in-house counsel for GlaxoSmithKline was acquitted last year of criminal charges of obstructing a government agency. She was accused of withholding documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when it was looking into allegations of off-label marketing of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. Stevens has said, “I think …

Whistleblower Complaints: Fast Action Required

Recently I wrote about an internal investigation I did for a company which received a whistleblower complaint, sent to executives, the board of directors, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Upon receiving notification that allegations of fraud were being made by a former employee, management immediately started evaluating the claims. …

Las Vegas Sands FCPA Investigation: What Did Management Do When they First Found Out About Allegations of Bribery and Corruption?

Earlier this week, Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) announced in its 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 that it is the subject of an FCPA investigation: On February 9, 2011, LVSC received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting that the Company produce documents relating to its compliance …

Atlanta home builder Beazer restating results

Beazer Homes USA has completed an internal investigation into accounting problems and will restate its financials from 1999 through 2007. The results of the investigation: Employees in the mortgage unit violated HUD rules on downpayment assistance since at least 2000. Beazer might have to reimburse some losses on federally insured …