At my first job out of law school there was a lawyer who liked to say "the wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine." Articles like this one in The Buffalo News today are a good example of that old proverb. A public corruption investigation which first came to light in 2015 is still resulting in FBI searches more than four years later. Mr. Pigeon, whose home was searched in 2015, will not be sentenced until 2020 at the earliest.
The lesson? If you become aware of a government investigation that potentially impacts your industry in general or entities that you do business with in particular, you should review your own practices and evaluate your potential exposure immediately. The sooner you address these issues, the better prepared you will be if the government eventually comes knocking on your door.
The FBI's search of City Hall is believed to be linked to a public corruption investigation that began when agents raided the homes of three political operatives, including Pigeon, in 2015. Two years later, as part of that same investigation, the FBI obtained a search warrant for the home of Maurice L. Garner, a political operative with close ties to Mayor Byron W. Brown.