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Can a Whistleblower Report Suspected Bribes Paid to Local Officials?

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The United States takes a hard line against bribery involving foreign officials, corporations or U.S. government projects abroad. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers such violations. But the rules can sometimes be confusing to people unfamiliar with this federal law enacted in 1977.

For more than two decades, whistleblowers dealing with such legal issues have turned to attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard to address their legal needs. We are familiar with many of the questions people have about whistleblower-related legislation.

Frequently asked questions about whistleblowers and laws involving bribery

Some of the most common questions we receive from whistleblowers involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act include:

Can a whistleblower report suspected bribes paid to local officials?

Yes. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of bribes, kickbacks or other payoffs to local foreign officials (or domestic officials in certain circumstances) can report such violations overseas to the U.S. government. These violations can include:

- American companies bribing foreign officials

- Foreign companies bribing officials in connection with U.S. government contracts

- Foreign companies bribing American officials
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Are whistleblowers that report bribes paid to local officials financially compensated?

Yes. Whistleblowers often receive a portion of the money - often 10 to 30 percent - recovered during such investigations. Such rewards are stipulated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in 2010.
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Can I remain anonymous if I report a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation?

Yes. Whistleblowers who report bribery allegations can remain anonymous under the rules stipulated in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, provided the anonymous whistleblower hires an attorney to act on his or her behalf.
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Who investigates allegations of bribery paid to foreign local officials?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) handles most investigations involving bribery of foreign officials. However, other U.S. government agencies may be involved in such investigations depending on the nature of the violations.
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Am I immune from prosecution if I report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations?

If you are actively involved in illegal activity yourself, you could be prosecuted - even if you are a whistleblower. Don't take a chance. Call Brewer & Pritchard.
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Should I hire a lawyer if I report suspected bribes paid to local officials overseas?

Yes. By hiring an attorney, you can discuss all your legal options. An attorney can stand by your side throughout the process and make sure your rights and privacy are protected if you step forward and report illegal activity involving bribery, kickbacks or other payoffs to foreign local officials.
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Whistleblower lawyer fighting against bribery involving local officials abroad

Whistleblower cases involving bribes to local officials demand strong legal action. We respect and admire those who step forward to bring attention to the proper authorities. It takes tremendous courage for a whistleblower to take action. Contact Brewer & Pritchard immediately to learn about your options. We have years of experience investigating such claims, know what evidence to look for and how to build a strong legal argument. Case results matter here.

We also understand the need for privacy in many whistleblower cases. That's why we work discreetly with every client and protect your privacy. We realize you're taking a significant risk by coming forward.

Discover what an experienced whistleblower lawyer can do for you. Contact us today. Call 800-445-8710 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule an appointment. We're ready and eager to tackle your whistleblower case and hold people responsible for their actions.

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