Recent Prison Sentences Demonstrate Government Intent to Increase Criminal Prosecutions of Liable Corporate Officials

In late November, two former senior executives of Synthes Inc. were sentenced to nine months in prison and a third sentenced to five months in prison for their management roles in a company that marketed a medical device for an unauthorized use and conducted unauthorized clinical trials. Each defendant was also ordered to pay $100,000 in fines and will face a period of supervised release after leaving prison. Another executive, the former vice president of operations, has not yet been sentenced.

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