Published: Saturday June 18, 2016
This is a unique and extremely enlightening article by Richard Bistrong. Unique because Bistrong is a “Poacher turned gamekeeper” but in a positive way. He worked for 15 years as a sales and marketing Vice President in the Law Enforcement and Defense sector.
Bistrong was released from prison in December 2014 having served an 18 months term for conspiring to bribe officials to win contracts from the United Nations and several foreign countries.
But the story does not end there in 2007 FBI investigators, who were actively investigating Bistrong, approached and recruited him as a confidential human intelligence source. In this role he provided information to the City of London Police,HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in turn receiving immunity from prosecution in the UK.
Bistrong’s efforts led to charges against 22 executives allegedly involved in a scheme to pay a $1.5 million bribe to the then Gabonese defense minister.However all were later acquitted.
Since release Bistrong has become a blogger, guest-writer, and speaker in the field of anti-bribery compliance and is the CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC.
Bistrongs chequered career puts him in a unique position to provide an insight into the circumstances and drivers that accompany unethical and criminal business practices making this article a must read for professional investigators.
To read the article “Lie to Win or Be Honest and Lose? When Ethics Can Cost You”. please click here