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Deferred Prosecution Agreements

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June 24, 2016

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Companies could avoid criminal convictions for fraud, bribery and money-laundering under options being considered by the Federal Government. The Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, has issued a public consultation paper for a possible Australian scheme of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), as a way of dealing with serious corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies. Under a DPA scheme, a company that has committed serious corporate crime could be invited by prosecutors to negotiate. This would typically require it to cooperate with any investigation, pay a financial penalty and implement a […]

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