Corporate Crime Quiz


Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman


December 5, 2005


Okay kids, ready for your end-of-the-year corporate crime quiz?

Consider it real life jeopardy.

Passing grade is 15 out of 25.

Ready? (Answers below -- no cheating!)

1. Starts with an A, ends with two fs. The king of lobbyists. Hand caught in cookie jar doesn't do it justice.

2. Means postpone. Accused of shuffling corporate money in and out of Texas.

3. Lord of Crossharbour. Accused king of corporate kleptocracy.

4. Two former Justice Department officials who wrote memos on how to prosecute corporations.

5. Senator from HCA.

6. Teaches a class at Columbia Law School titled "The Black Letter Law of White Collar Crime."

7. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and lead Nuremberg prosecutor who said -- war of aggression is the supreme international crime.

8. Corporation forced into deferred prosecution, required to fund a chair of business ethics at Seton Hall Law School -- the school where the prosecuting attorney graduated from.

9. Special prosecutor investigating bribery and fraud in Iraq.

10. Company that was required to create 1,600 jobs in Oklahoma as a condition of deferred prosecution agreement.

11. After pleading guilty to taking bribes said this: "In my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame."

12. Pled guilty this year. Worked for Tom DeLay. Expressed his philosophy on how to deal with opposition this way: "This whole thing about not kicking someone when they're down -- you kick him until he passes out, then beat him over the head with a baseball bat, then roll him up in an old rug and throw him off a cliff and pound the surf below."

13. U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the HealthSouth cases, and accused chief judge of her district of being "intellectually dishonest" for sentencing one of the lead executives to seven days in jail.

14. Alabama company convicted of massive pollution crimes.

15. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals throws out his 24-year prison sentence of this Dynegy trader.

16. Scooter Libby's lawyer. He said this about prosecuting corporations: "Ten years ago, it was -- save the individuals and plead the corporation. Now, things have radically changed and it's totally reversed."

17. Most famous quote: "If your sources are wrong, you are going to be wrong."

18. Number of 30 major corporations that make up Dow Jones Industrial Index that have been convicted of crimes.

19. When asked whether she tried to redecorate her prison cell, she told NPR's Terry Gross, "There are no materials to work with in a place like Alderson."

20. High-profile corporate crime prosecutor whose nickname in college was "Ironbutt" for his ability to sit motionless in a study carrel for hours.

21. Under this federal law, you can sue on behalf of the federal government against a corporation that has ripped off the government. If the government recovers the money, you get a percentage -- up to 30 percent of the recovery.

22. Then-U.S. Attorney in Manhattan David Kelley wanted to prosecute this firm for a massive criminal tax fraud, but was reportedly overruled by James Comey at Main Justice. Firm got a sweetheart deferred prosecution agreement.

23. Company and seven of its current or former executives indicted earlier this year on federal charges that they knowingly put their workers and the public in danger through exposure to vermiculite ore contaminated with asbestos from the company's mine in Libby, Montana.

24. Unit of this Swiss-based pharma giant pled guilty in February to obstructing a federal audit.

25. He said this on November 29, 2005: "Any member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, must take their office seriously and the ethics seriously. The idea of a congressman taking money is outrageous. And Congressman Cunningham is going to realize that he has broken the law and is going to pay a serious price, which he should."


1. Jack Abramoff

2. Tom DeLay

3. Conrad Black

4. Eric Holder, Larry Thompson

5. Bill Frist

6. John Coffee

7. Robert Jackson

8. Bristol Myers Squibb

9. Stuart Bowen

10. MCI/WorldCom

11. Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham

12. Michael Scanlon

13. Alice Martin

14. McWane

15. Jamie Olis

16. Ted Wells

17. Judith Miller

18. Nine -- 3M, Alcoa, Boeing, Exxon, General Electric, General Motors, Merck, Pfizer, and United Technologies

19. Martha Stewart

20. Eliot Spitzer

21. False Claims Act

22. KPMG

23. W.R. Grace

24. Novartis

25. President George Bush

Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. Robert Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor, . Mokhiber and Weissman are co-authors of On the Rampage: Corporate Predators and the Destruction of Democracy (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press).

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