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September/October 2006 , Page 16 

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Queen for a Day From Hell: How to Handle a Troubling Proffer Letter

By Jon May

You get a call from a friend of yours, a corporate lawyer at Silk, Stockings, Blue, Blood & Goldberg. One of the firm’s major clients has received a target letter and they are in a panic. She asks if you are free to meet with their client later that day. When you meet with the client, Rogers, at SSBB&G, this is what you learn.

Rogers is 65 years old. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has a degree in engineering and an MBA from Duke. He has a wife, three children, four grandchildren, and his company, International Pumps (IP), has 400 employees. IP manufactures industrial pumps used to remove water and other kinds of liquids resulting from floods and environmental spills. His company sells this equipment to businesses and governments around the world. Rogers has never been in trouble. He claims to have absolutely no idea why he is under investigation.

You call the United States Attorney’s Office and speak to the Assistant handling the case. The prosecutor tells you that your client an

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