Best Buy Co., Inc. Internal Investigation

Lead counsel representing Best Buy Co., Inc. in an internal investigation (involving a criminal referral to the federal government) and related civil litigation against a supplier. After discovering an employee’s acceptance of bribes from supplier relating to an alleged $40+ million scheme to defraud, we led the team that referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office. In February 2009, the employee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. In July 2009, the United States indicted the primary owner of the supplier. In June 2010, a federal jury convicted the primary owner for 24 of 26 alleged federal crimes, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, money laundering, income tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. In December 2010, the primary owner received a 15-year sentence, the employee received a 7 1/2-year sentence, and Judge Davis ordered all defendants to pay over $32 million in restitution.

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