On June 4, 2014, the RCMP charged three individuals under the
Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (the
"CFPOA"). Canada-wide warrants were issued for the
arrest of the former CEO and COO of Cryptometrics Inc. as well as a
Two of the three accused, Robert Barra and Dario Berini, are US
nationals, and the third, Shailesh Govindia, is a UK
national. The RCMP may seek the extradition of the three
accused to face trial in Ontario.
The company provided facial recognition technology and was the
U.S. parent of Cryptometrics Canada, whose former executive
director Nazir Karigar was found guilty in an Ontario court in
August 2013 of attempting to bribe foreign public officials in
efforts to secure a $100 million contract with Air India.
Karigar was sentenced recently to three years in prison.
With these charges, eleven individuals have now been charged
under the CFPOA in recent years. This serves as a warning to
Canadian companies with international affiliates that the RCMP is
not afraid to reach outside Canada's borders to investigate and
prosecute international bribery. Canadian or otherwise,
individuals and companies who nonetheless have a connection to
Canada and are alleged to have bribed or attempted to bribe foreign
public officials are within the increasingly active enforcement
mandate of the RCMP.
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