The name of two fortunate former federal prosecutors who saw this lucrative business opportunity and grabbed it are Tiffany Moller and Bonnie Jonas.
As of today, February 8, 2016, Bonnie Jonas is still listed as an attorney for the Department of Justice on New York attorney registration website:
Tiffany Moller, for some interesting reason, is not listed as an attorney licensed in New York, even though, according to New York Times, Tiffany Moller was reportedly "the assistant deputy commissioner and chief of compliance and oversight of the New York Police Department."
A great career, isn't it?
First, you ensure compliance with the law by New York Police.
Then, you go into the position of potentially prosecuting New York Police (or protecting them from prosecution) as a federal prosecutor.
Then, after "training" as a federal prosecutor, you use your connections as a federal prosecutor and your training - at taxpayers' expense - to corner the multimillion dollar fees where your former boss will pitch at you corporations with which the boss reached "sweet deals" with a slap on the wrist - do not be bad boys and girls, pay my former employees for "monitoring" you, and you'll be fine...
"New York Times" ran a benign article on what the monitoring is and how the law firm will operate.
The same "New York Times", different author, was not so benign 2 years ago though, when it ran another article on the same cottage industry of "monitoring" after settlement with corporations after they were caught in wrongdoing.
In that 2014 article, New York Times exposed such schemes as giving lucrative jobs to former federal prosecutors, through the use of their connections to the government, jobs which would do little in changing behavior of corporations other than line the pockets of those former prosecutors.
I, as a taxpayer, resent the fact that the former prosecutors use connections that they acquire during their employment with the government to start businesses where they get clients because of such connections.
Also, since the new firm offers services to oversee corporations (which requires neutrality) and to "administer claims" of government agency (which requires advocacy), the inherent conflicts of interests are out in the open.
Three things are clear to me:
1) that prosecutors from the SDNY Preet Bharara's office are abandoning ship, raising the issues if they are afraid of repercussions that may follow for prosecuting high-ranking officials, and would prefer a lucrative and safe job of private "monitors" to the job of federal prosecutors;
2) that members of the legal profession who have connections start to prefer captive rich clients - such as corporations who were caught in misconduct and are required to hire a "monitor" of their activities;
3) that now we need to establish yet another agency to monitor the participants in the monitoring schemes:
- the court that agreed to a "sweet deal" requiring the monitor (former federal prosecutor) to be paid by the corporation caught in wrongdoing as a point of settlement;
- the federal prosecutor who negotiated such a deal, bringing multimillion dollar business into the hands of their former colleagues; and
- corporations who likely escaped with murder by having to pay a court-legitimized bribe into the "monitor".
The fact that the "monitoring" business has been reportedly developing in the last 10 years, the same time when the market of paid legal services was shrinking, only proves that the legal profession is going through a major crisis.
That crisis, for people who are used to large and very large fees, while paying client base is shrinking, and while the legal elite is "running the country" and is never made accountable, no matter what it does, may push attorneys, prosecutors and judges - and corporations - to devise new ways to engage in criminal corrupt enterprise.
Like "monitoring" and "claims administration" - why not do that for kickbacks?
The "monitor's fee" in itself looks like a court-ordered kickback to prosecutors already... Especially when a federal prosecutor announces creation of such a lucrative firm while her name is still listed as one of the employee of the U.S. Justice Department.
There is a distinct potential for such criminal activities in this "monitoring" and "claims administration business", don't you think?
So, who will monitor the monitor?
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