Why Individuals Aren’t Prosecuted for Conduct Companies Admit

19 September 2014
New York Law Journal
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On December 11, 2012, HSBC entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice in which it admitted that it “moved illegally hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of banks.” Under the terms of the DPA, HSBC was fined almost $2 billion, but despite the Justice Department’s findings, no individuals were charged – let alone convicted – in this scheme.