Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive in the defence sector and currently consults, writes and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective.
Richard’s experience included his role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and working in the UK. For well over ten years, Richard travelled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days per year.
In 2007, Richard was targeted by the US Department of Justice in part due to an investigation of a UN supply contract and was terminated by his employer. In that same year, as part of a co-operation agreement with the United States Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the United Kingdom, Richard assisted the United States, Great Britain, and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA (The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), bribery and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales.
Richard’s co-operation, which spanned three years of covert co-operation and two years of trial preparation and testimony, was one of the longest in a white-collar criminal investigation. In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp. Richard was released in December of 2013.
Richard now consults, writes, and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges from the field of international business, reflecting on his own perspective and practice as a former sales executive and law enforcement co-operator.