Corporate Criminal Liability

Prosecuting a corporation criminally can have serious consequences. Not only can employees and officers be held criminally liable, but a corporation itself can be held criminally liable. A corporation that is prosecuted for fraud or corruption may lose the ability to enter into contracts with the United States.

Corporations may be liable for the criminal acts of employees. A supervisor who turns a “blind eye” to criminal actions may be also be liable. Similarly, under the responsible corporate officer doctrine, an officer that fails to take remedial measures to curb an employee’s illegal conduct may also be prosecuted, even if the officer did not encourage or participate in the illegal acts.

Whether in the technology, health care, media, energy or financial sector, we have consistently advised corporate clients who confront prosecution for the actions of employees. It is critical for a corporation to understand the consequences of criminal prosecution so that it survives to continue conducting business.

Recent Case Results

A real estate developer under federal investigation for bank and tax fraud: Dan conducted an internal compliance audit…
A Federal employee under federal investigation for Possession of Child Pornography – Dan conducted…
A corporate sales manager charged with wire and bank fraud from a fortune 500 company. The client took responsibility for his actions…
A company owner accused of being an active member of a mortgage fraud ring. Meg was able to work very closely with government…
An office manager accused of defrauding her company’s clients. Meg and Dan gained access to the government’s case…