Foreign Corrupt Practices Act


The penalties for FCPA violations are stiff and enforcement activity by the U.S. government is on the rise.

Consequences for individuals:

  • Up to $250,000 fine per violation.
  • Up to 20 years prison sentence per violation.
  • Termination of employment or other disciplinary measures.
  • Reputational damage and negative publicity.

Consequences for Yale:

  • In 2013, U.S. companies paid on average $80 million in fines and other penalties to settle with the U.S. Government (not including any amounts owed to foreign governments).
  • U.S. and foreign investigations and ongoing oversight of Yale operations.
  • Reputational damage and negative publicity.
  • Debarment (affecting federal contract eligibility), nullification of contracts, revocation of import/export licenses, and loss of product registration.

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