The Department of Justice and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced
new policies to federal prosecutors nationwide that prioritizes the prosecution
of corrupt corporate employees, managers and executives and puts pressure
on corporations to turn over evidence against these employees; no matter
their status. The main focus of the policy is to prosecute criminal activity
that is often hidden behind corporate cooperation agreements. According
to the NY Times:
The memo, a copy of which was provided to The New York Times, tells civil
and criminal investigators to focus on individual employees from the beginning.
In settlement negotiations, companies will not be able to obtain credit
for cooperating with the government unless they identify employees and
turn over evidence against them, “regardless of their position,
status or seniority.” Credit for cooperation can save companies
billions of dollars in fines and mean the difference between a civil settlement
and a criminal charge.