As the world watches the aftermath of Wednesday’s arrest of several high-ranking officials from the football governing body FIFA on corruption allegations, anti-bribery expert Richard Bistrong offers his views on the scandal.
Bistrong knows this topic well and often speaks on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has also served as a government witness and has even worked undercover for the FBI.
But Bistrong has also done time in prison for taking bribes as an arms dealer. In 2007, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States Department of Justice, and subsequent immunity from prosecution in the U.K., Bistrong assisted the United States and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales.
In 2012, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United states, he plead guilty and was sentenced to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA, including books and records as well as exporting goods without authorization. He served fourteen and a half months at a federal prison camp.