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To save the reputation of a family-owned Swiss company embroiled in the UN Oil-for-Food Program (OFFP) scandal and to comply with the demands of several different investigations (UN, US Congressional, Swiss etc.), attorneys for the Cotecna inspection agency turned to FRA to help prove their client’s case. The company faced allegations that its inspectors had been corrupted and the company itself had been hired because of high-level UN connections – accusations that ultimately led to a UN probe and six congressional investigations.
FRA faced a large number of challenges involving cross-border conflicts of legality, a client unfamiliar with US-style investigations, and extreme skepticism on the part of UN and Congressional investigators, all coupled with the high-profile nature of the case which led to negative media coverage and leaks from various sources. FRA assembled a team fluent in French and English with expertise in investigation, forensic accounting, databases, data mining, analytics, banking, and eDiscovery. Key to FRA’s solution was the establishment of a unique mobile data center in Switzerland – an on-site facility that ensured that all Swiss banking data would stay within the country, as required by Swiss law.
As competitors tried to take advantage of the accusations against Cotecna, FRA analyzed millions of records in a UN database that tracked goods crossing border points and matched transactions to payments. At the same time, a second FRA investigation analyzed a dozen years of compensation and expense data to prove that Cotecna had won its contract fairly.
FRA’s analysis was distilled into a fact-filled report – based on extensive data mining and transactional analysis, a wide email review, and interviews – which rescued Cotecna’s reputation. As a result, Cotecna was able to avoid debarment and preserve its relationship with the UN.