The indictments of the former Comptroller General of Ecuador and a former coal company executive in separate cases underscore the DOJ’s commitment to pursuing individuals as a means of reducing white-collar crime. Carlos Ramon Polit Faggioni, a citizen of Ecuador, was indicted for money laundering on March 24, 2022, in Miami as part of the years-long Operation Car Wash investigations. In a separate action less than a week later, Charles Hunter Hobson, once a vice president at a Pennsylvania coal company, was indicted in the Western District of Pennsylvania, accused of violating the FCPA, laundering money and receiving kickbacks as part of a purported scheme to pay bribes to government officials in Egypt. Both individuals face possible prison time if convicted. The actions are part of a “recent uptick in the prosecution of individuals for violations of the FCPA and the Biden Administration’s emphasis on individual accountability,” María González Calvet, a partner at Ropes & Gray told the Anti-Corruption Report. See “The Federal Government’s 2022 Priorities: Crackdown on White-Collar Crime by Pursuing Individuals
” (Mar. 30, 2022).