Posts Tagged ‘internal investigation’

Internal Investigations: Branded a Corporate Criminal. Part 2 – The risk of talking to law enforcement

Posted on August 20th, 2010 by David Smith

Many business executives believe if they have done nothing wrong, they should agree to be interviewed by law enforcement if requested to do so as part of an internal or criminal investigation.  Experienced white collar attorneys know better; even the truly innocent have much more to lose than they can gain by agreeing to be interviewed without the assistance of counsel.  The risks business executives face during law enforcement interviews increased this June when the United States Supreme Court effectively expanded law enforcement officers’ rights to obtain incriminating evidence through custodial interviews. (more…)

H-P CEO Case Highlights Role of Internal Investigations

Posted on August 19th, 2010 by admin

The road from hero to villain can be short.  Mark Hurd, the highly successful CEO of the world’s biggest computer manufacturer, was forced to resign earlier this month following an internal investigation of his relationship with a Hewlett-Packard marketing consultant.  According to reports, H-P’s internal investigation found no evidence that Mr. Hurd harassed an actress the company hired to work at corporate marketing events.  It did, however, find that Mr. Hurd had filed inaccurate expense claims relating to meals with the woman, travel and, in one case, fees for a corporate appearance by the actress. (more…)

Internal Investigations: Branded a Corporate Criminal

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by David Smith

Caught in the storm of a corporate internal investigation, many executives never stop to consider how being indicted would impact themselves, their families, their finances and their hard-earned reputations.  One potential consequence of an internal investigation is that the corporation will provide the government with the investigation’s findings or that the corporation will enter into a plea agreement with the government that may leave executives out in the cold. Consider the recent article “Executives find reputations don’t return after criminal charges dropped” from Bloomberg News and the “You Are Closer to Being Indicted Than You Think… ” article in the Construction Financial Management Association magazine describing the wrenching experiences of executives who were indicted but had charges dismissed pre-trial or were acquitted at trial. (more…)