The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a new Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy to be used by U.S. Attorney Offices throughout the country.
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The new policy helps to encourage early and voluntary self-disclosure of corporate criminal misconduct. It reinforces the importance of having an effective compliance plan that identifies misconduct.
To be a voluntary self-disclosure, the disclosure must be voluntary, timely and must contain all relevant facts of misconduct.
If the disclosure is all of the above, the government will not seek a guilty plea against the company, so long as the company also fully cooperates with investigators and appropriately remediates the criminal conduct.
However, even if the disclosure counts as a voluntary self-disclosure, if the misconduct:
- poses a grave threat to national security, public health or the environment, or
- if it is deeply pervasive throughout the company, or
- involved current executive management of the company,
then there may still be a guilty plea.
As always, it is essential to be proactive about your compliance plan.
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