CAPI provides practitioners and scholars in the public integrity field with the tools they need to better fight corruption. To that end, we are proud to present our series of practical toolkits and guides authored by industry leaders. If you have any work you would like to submit, please contact us here.
Practitioner Toolkit: A Guide to Asset Forfeiture in Public Corruption Cases (September 2016)
In this toolkit, Pamela Stanek, Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio, details the mechanics of civil and criminal asset forfeiture as they relate to public corruption.
- Appendix I: Selected State Forfeiture Statutes
- Appendix II: Sample civil forfeiture complaint: United States v. Proceeds of the Sale of a Condominium Located in the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, CA; et al.
- Appendix III: Sample Indictment, Plea Agreement, Motion for Preliminary Order of Forfeiture, and Preliminary Order: United States v. John Bills
- Appendix IV: Sample Seizure Warrant and Affadvit in Support: United States v. Amy Scarpelli
- Appendix V: Sample Plea Agreement with Global Settlement Agreement and Agreed Orders of Forefeiture: United States v. Gregory J. Oldiges
The False Claims Act: A Useful Tool in the Fight Against Public Corruption (August 2016)
In this toolkit, John Carroll, Senior Investigative Attorney at the Office of the Inspector General of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, explains the nuts-and-bolts of a False Claims Act case and how it can be brought to bear in a public corruption case.
- Appendix I: Sample Qui Tam False Claims Act Complaint
- Appendix II: Sample Complaint - United States of America v. Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC
Fighting "Small Town" Corruption: How to Obtain Accountability, Oversight, and Transparency (August 2016)
This toolkit details how small municipalities without the funds to institute a dedicated Inspector General's Office can protect against fraud, waste, and abuse. The report provides guidance on topics including how to author an effective ethics code, cost-effective forms of oversight, and tips for harnessing new technologies to easily increase transparency.
- Appendix I: City Ethics Manual for Local Government Ethics Programs
- Appendix II: United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention Anti-Corruption Toolkit
- Appendix III: New York City Local Law No. 33 - Whistleblower Protections
- Appendix IV: CAPI Issue Brief - Ingredients for an Effective Public Ethics Training Program
A Practitioner's Guide to Wiretaps in Public Corruption Investigations (July 2016)
Our first toolkit lays out factors practitioners should take into account when considering a wiretap, and precautions they should take in advance of litigation following a wiretap, especially as it relates to a public corruption case.
- Appendix I: Sample wiretap application from United States v. Skelos.
- Appendix II: Sample minimization instructions for oral and wire communications.
- Appendix III: State-by-State wiretap requirements.
Our Integrity in Brief series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of the author’s organization or affiliations, the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Columbia Law School, or the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.