Yesterday’s post highlighted the 30 corporate enforcement actions based, in whole or in part, on the enforcement theory that employees (such as physicians, nurses, mid-wives, lab personnel, etc.) of certain foreign health care systems are “foreign officials” under the FCPA.
It was noted in the prior post that this enforcement theory has never been subjected to judicial scrutiny and that a useful datapoint in examining the legitimacy and validity of this enforcement theory is analyzing the number of criminal charges filed against individuals based on this theory. That answer was zero, zilch, nada.
The same can be said about another dubious Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement theory that has also become prominent in the modern era and that is providing an internship (even an unpaid internship) or other job opportunity to the family member of an alleged “foreign official” violates the FCPA.