What is violation of the Travel Act?

In order to be in violation of the Travel Act, individuals must be using interstate facilities to carry out unlawful activities. Recent indictments demonstrate how the federal government has used the Travel Act to combat kickback cases involving private payers.

What did the Travel Act do?

In general terms, the Travel Act is one of several federal laws that criminalize business activities that are illegal at the state level. Specifically, the Travel Act makes it a federal offense to travel from state to state (or internationally) with the intent to promote or facilitate an unlawful activity.

Are there federal laws against commercial bribery?

There is no federal statute that by its terms expressly prohibits commercial bribery generally though it is mentioned as part of the definition of aggravated felony for the purposes of US immigration law and is prohibited to induce sales of alcoholic beverages through commercial bribery.

What is interstate racketeering?

(a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in interstate or foreign commerce, with intent to— (1) distribute the proceeds of any unlawful activity; or. (2) commit any crime of violence to further any unlawful activity; or.

What does travel in interstate commerce mean?

Interstate Commerce means commerce or travel between the states, territories, and possessions of the United States. Foreign commerce means commerce or travel between any part of the United States and any place outside the United States.

Is travel a act?

The Travel Act or International Travel Act of 1961, 18 U.S.C. § 1952, is a Federal criminal statute which forbids the use of the U.S. mail, or interstate or foreign travel, for the purpose of engaging in certain specified criminal acts.

What are the laws against bribery?

The primary anti-corruption statute in India, the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (‘PCA’) criminalises receipt of any ‘undue advantage’ by ‘public servants’ and the provision of such undue advantage by other persons.

What does the Travel Act mean for commercial bribes?

Second, the Travel Act assimilates state commercial bribery laws, potentially affording prosecutors the ability to “forum shop” to find the state law that most closely fits the government’s theory of the case (since most acts of commercial bribery will touch on multiple states).

What is an example of commercial bribery?

For example, a seller of goods or services from “Company A” who offers the purchasing manager of “Company B” a payment to his own account to help him secure a contract for Company B’s continued business is engaging in a form of commercial bribery.

What is the Department of Justice doing about domestic commercial bribery?

In recent years, the Department of Justice has paid little attention to domestic commercial bribery, instead focusing its efforts on bribes paid to foreign officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. But that tide is changing at DOJ.

Is your compliance program protecting you against commercial bribery?

Although companies maintain vigorous compliance programs to detect and prevent bribes to foreign officials, those same programs frequently fail to protect against commercial bribery. Anti-corruption policies and internal controls that fail to consider commercial bribery expose an Achilles heel that can result in substantial criminal exposure.