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Red Notice Newsletter - November 2016

JPMorgan Resolves Enforcement Action Regarding China Subsidiary’s Hiring Practices - On November 17, 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) entered into a nonprosecution agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), and...more

Massachusetts Division of Banks Announces Return of $2.3 Million to Consumers Under Settlement with Payday Lender

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (“DOB) announced that it has returned approximately $2.3 Million to 1,673 Massachusetts residents, as part of a settlement with an online payday lender. The payday...more

Asset misappropriation – investigating people and money?

Forensic accounting has been described as an “art and science” that investigates people and money. Forensic accountants are known for tracing funds (following the money), uncovering hidden assets and educating involved...more

United States Attorney’s Office Announces Guilty Pleas in Criminal Prosecution of Alleged $31 Million Debt Collection Scheme

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”) announced that the co-owner and chief financial officer of a debt collection company, and a company manager, pleaded guilty to...more

US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Issues Advisory and Frequently Asked Questions on Reporting Cyber-Events in Suspicious...

On October 25, 2016, FinCEN issued an Advisory and related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the reporting of cyber-events, cyber-enabled crime and cyber-related information through Suspicious Activity Reports...more

Significant Swiss ruling handed down on privilege in anti-money laundering investigations

In a recent judgment, the Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that, where a financial institution delegates its investigation and reporting obligations under the Swiss Anti-Money Laundering Act ("AMLA") to external counsel,...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

A proposed new UK law contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation in the last...more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

Beneath A Panamanian Moon: Criminalising Secrecy

Originally published in Risk Advisory, 2016. The term “Panama Papers” has become a by-word for financial skulduggery. On 3 April 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed that it had a...more

What you should know about identity theft

Take precautions in giving your personal information as people with ill intentions may misuse it. Dubai: As alarming as it sounds, you could be the next victim of identity theft.The phenomenon is becoming more prevalent...more

Banks Should Prepare for Increased Collaboration between IT, Legal and BSA/AML Compliance Departments under New FinCEN Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an Advisory which provided substantial guidance to financial institutions regarding the scope of information that must be...more

Court Rules Debt Collector Must Pay $3.9 Million and Go to Prison

On November 10, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the owner of a debt collection company was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $3.9 million in...more

Four California Residents Jailed and to Pay $7 Million in Restitution for Debt Relief Scheme

On November 14, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that four California individual defendants were sentenced for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent debt relief...more

Are Cyber Thieves Compromising E-Mail? .. YES!

Recently FinCEN issued Advisory (FIN-2016-A003) regarding e-mail compromise schemes that defraud Financial Institutions by deceiving them into conducting wire transfers that result in misappropriated customers funds. The...more

Follow the money - the Criminal Finances Bill

The Criminal Finances Bill sets out measures to combat money laundering and tax evasion that will also affect corporate compliance requirements, particularly in the finance and professional services sectors....more

Disclosing personal data – new protections for regulated sector firms?

New protections are being proposed in the UK to allow regulated sector firms to share information regarding suspicions relating to money laundering and terrorist financing, in circumstances where law enforcement has been...more

NY AG Secures $1.6 Million Settlement For Alleged Mortgage Relief Scheme

On November 2, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced a $1.6 million settlement with a debt settlement company and its principal, resolving allegations that the company violated New York’s deceptive and unlawful...more

Minnesota AG Secures $11.7 Million in Consumer Relief from Online Lender

On November 3, the Minnesota Attorney General (AG) announced that it had settled a 2013 lawsuit it had filed against a California-based online personal loan lender. The AG alleged that the lender used a front company that...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought actions this week centered on the failure to properly conduct audits, an offering fraud and for acting as an unregistered broker. FINRA sanctioned eight firms for failing to adequately supervise the...more

Law Enforcement Thwarts Sovereign Freeman

Copyrighting their names, “signing” with red thumbprints – we’ve seen some unusual court filings from unique individuals. But one person has apparently gone too far. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lender when a...more

A spotlight on financial crime

The Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) new mission statement has expressed a renewed intent to focus on financial crime, detecting insider dealing, market manipulation and anti-money laundering (AML). As a result, firms and...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on the Reporting of Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crimes

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, an arm of the United States Department of the Treasury, issued an advisory last week to remind financial institutions of their obligations to report cyber-events on...more

Supreme Court Considers the Necessary Intent for Bank Fraud

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument (on October 4) in Shaw v. U.S., a case that will allow the Justices to decide whether proving a scheme to defraud a bank in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344(1) requires proving...more

Criminal Law - Finance

Banks and financial institutions are a part of everyone’s life. The financial relationship between a person and his bank is government by documents and agreements. In the event of loans, especially mortgages, this...more

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