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No Safe Haven: DOJ Can and Will Seize Proceeds of Wholly Foreign Corruption

Nine pieces of real property in the New Orleans area purchased and owned by Honduran government official Mario Roberto Zelaya Rojas ("Zelaya") are proceeds of criminal activity and subject to seizure, according to a civil complaint filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana by the US Department of Justice ("DOJ") on January 13, 2015. The DOJ alleges that Zelaya purchased these properties in an attempt to hide the proceeds of an all-Honduran bribery scheme. This civil action provides yet another example of the expansive jurisdiction asserted by the US government and serves as a reminder to corporations and individuals abroad how easily even wholly foreign criminal conduct may come within the reach of US law enforcement authorities.

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