StoneTurn to Assist Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Larry Thompson as Corporate Compliance Monitor in Volkswagen AG Emissions Proceedings
NEW YORK, NY, May 2 – A StoneTurn team led by Jonny Frank will assist Larry D. Thompson, Counsel to Finch McCranie, LLP and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General, whom the U.S. government has appointed as the Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen AG (VW). Mr. Thompson’s appointment is part of VW’s criminal plea agreement stemming from the company’s scheme to sell diesel vehicles containing software designed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
To assist him in monitoring VW’s corporate compliance, Mr. Thompson has assembled a team of leading corporate fraud investigators, compliance counselors, and environmental law experts. Mr. Thompson has asked Mr. Frank to serve as Executive Deputy Monitor. Mr. Frank will apply his extensive experience as both a monitor and forensic expert to help develop criteria to assess VW’s ethics, compliance and antifraud program, and develop and execute a monitoring and audit work plan. Mr. Frank brings nearly 40 years of public, private and education sector experience in forensic investigations, compliance and risk management. He currently serves as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-appointed Independent Compliance and Business Ethics Monitor to a Top 10 global investment bank.
Additional members of the monitor support team include: Deputy Monitor for Anti-Fraud, Ethics and Compliance, Scott Marrah, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, currently Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Co-Leader of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Investigations team, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee; Deputy Monitor for Emissions and Environmental, Benjamin Wilson, Chairman of environmental law firm Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. and court-appointed monitor in the Duke Energy coal ash cleanup; and Counsel to the Monitor Michael A. Sullivan, former federal prosecutor and currently Partner at Finch McCranie.
In a press release issued on Friday, April 21, the day VW was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Detroit, MI, the DOJ stated that Mr. Thompson will oversee VW’s compliance reforms and implementation of the terms of the plea agreement over the next three years.
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