In my daily trawl through the internet to find reputation-related stories, I came across a case in the United States involving a bribery, corruption and an ex-prosecutor who faces a 10-year prison sentence for accepting $2,500 from the father of a suspect.
I also spotted a story closer to home (in the UK): Barry Vitou, a lawyer, who runs a dedicated website on the Bribery Act, is speculating that the United Kingdom may take inspiration from US sentencing guidelines and possibly fine companies convicted of economic crimes up to 400% of the amount gained from the crime.
So, authorities are getting tough on so-called white collar crime, meaning that not only do wrongdoers face public naming and shaming, prison - and the inevitable damage to their reputation - they also face potentially crippling financial loss.
I'm a little obsessed with infographics at the moment, so I turned to Visually, my site-of-the-moment, to see whether there was a graphical representation of a practice that seems to be depressingly commonplace in business - not just in the 'usual suspect' areas of the developing world - but much closer to home.
Today's infographic is courtesy of United Republic, "a nonpartisan organization challenging the undue influence of well-financed special interests over American politics and government."
Thoughts on customer service, communication and, of course, reputation management.