2012 GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER EIGHT - SENTENCING OF ORGANIZATIONS
PART C - FINES
4. DEPARTURES FROM THE GUIDELINE FINE RANGE
§8C4.8. Members or Beneficiaries of the Organization as Victims (Policy Statement)
If the members or beneficiaries, other than shareholders, of the organization are direct victims of the offense, a downward departure may be warranted. If the members or beneficiaries of an organization are direct victims of the offense, imposing a fine upon the organization may increase the burden upon the victims of the offense without achieving a deterrent effect. In such cases, a fine may not be appropriate. For example, departure may be appropriate if a labor union is convicted of embezzlement of pension funds.
Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1991 (see Appendix C, amendment 422).