Jeffrey E. Stone was quoted in the January 5 issue of Inside Counsel regarding in-house counsel's role in detecting and preventing corruption within their organizations. He noted that the penalties are harsh for corporate individuals found guilty of corruption. "It could be jail time for individuals—massive fines and even debarment for the company. If you're a health care company and you lose your Medicare provider number, it's pretty tough to exist," he said. "Experienced lawyers know that the way to take the sting out of an allegation is to deal with it head on. Now, there's nuance to that. You don't necessarily walk in and tell the government everything that you've discovered that has gone wrong if you don't think the government is likely to find that out. On the other hand, if the government is likely to explore an issue, ignoring the totality of the circumstances is playing with fire," he added.