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“But the problem is a bit like kidnapping and ransom; it will never be prevented while kidnappers know that they can negotiate high rewards behind the scenes. In the same way, bribes will always be paid by those who believe that they will never be caught”.Peter Binning comments on fraud and corruption.
In my previous article I wrote about how lawyer Eugene McCarthy has defined the serious fraud and organised crime in the pharmaceutical companies and how individuals can be prosecuted as Mafia bosses have been. This needs to be done in Britain as well because currently pharmaceutical company bosses are acting with almost complete impunity. Many people are being damaged and are dying and there is an atmosphere of despair from many victims and campaigners. They feel dis-empowered. Unable to do anything much (although many brave campaigners do what they can) and believing the pharma companies are “too big to fight”, much as what was believed pre 1985 when the Mafia were basically getting away with murder Scot free.
Yet, even though this is extraordinarily frustrating, this is not unusual. It took a decade to apply RICO laws to the Mafia in the States. This is the much repeated idiom “the long arm of the law“. It might appear as if “nothing” is happening, but, especially for very big crimes like serious Mafia corruption that threatens to disrupt the workings of public institutions, very large international systems of law are thrown into action.
There was a lot of criticism and gnashing of teeth when the new head of the Serious Crime Office, Lisa Osofsky, dropped an investigation into Glaxo Smith Kline having allegedly accepted bribes.
However, after further investigation by me, it turns out that Osofsky has actually been clearing house. The GSK case was untenable and unlikely to be successful. Lisa Osofsky is very interesting. She gave an impressive speech at the FCPA Conference in Washington DC in 2018. I’m detecting a professional who actually wants to get the job done. Look at this newspaper headline … “‘I’ll hunt you down’: She’s put bent mafia judges behind bars and now the new Serious Fraud Office chief has a message for the UK’s white collar crooks” …
I’m also seeing “UK fraud chief moves to speed up investigations” and “The dawn of the SFO supergrass?“. Lawyer Eugene McCarthy in his article examined how “lower downs” can be convinced to spill the beans on the “higher ups”.
In Britain its not that difficult to find the top law firms, lawyers and solicitors that specialise in prosecuting fraud or “white-collar crime”. The Legal500 page is produced by a reputable source. It’s a canonical page …
“For 32 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions, the results of which can be viewed free of charge using the “Rankings” tab at the top of the page.”THE LEGAL 500 > ABOUT THE SERIES.
I quoted Peter Binning at the top of the article. According to Legal500 he is known as ‘the godfather of business crime’. So there is Peter Binning and many other lawyers like him as well as a rather bad-ass sounding new head of the SFO (remember these are some of the top lawyers in the country regularly working with multi billion corporations as well as the SFO).
Can it all come together ? Well it did in 1985 against the Mafia. Id like to see lawyers coming together and demanding justice be done. I’d like to see victims and campaigners contacting these lawyers and the SFO as well as their MP’s and councillors. It may seem all so scary. But this is exactly why we have law enforcement and the criminal justice system. They have serious powers and rather than there being “lone wolf” campaigners and victims against the pharma company mafia bosses, the government needs to take up the prosecutions and get the job done.262 views