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Facebook and IMs Provide Key Evidence to Prosecutors in Criminal Cases

Two recent events demonstrate how prosecutors are increasingly turning to other forms of electronic information to construct their cases. First, Francisco R. Legaspi, now 61, who had been a fugitive for the past 22 years, was...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Subpoena to Payday Lender

As part of its continuing focus on payday lending, the New York Department of Financial Services announced that it sent subpoenas to numerous online “lead generation” firms suspected of deceptive or misleading marketing of...more

SEC Gets Tough On Bad Actors

New Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 506(d), which is set to take effect September 23, 2013, disqualifies securities offerings from reliance on the private placement exemption of Rule 506 of the Securities Act of...more

FINCEN Virtual Currency Guidance

As recently reported, FINCEN issued significant guidance on legal isesues with virtual currency. Shortly thereafter, an enforcement action was intitiated against Mt. Gox, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges for operating...more

Stop Insider Tweeting! -- Feds eye social media for securities shenanigans

As financial institutions and investors turn to social media to instantly share snippets of news and potential clues about market trends, the FBI and SEC are monitoring such postings for evidence of insider trading and...more

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Issues Guidance on Virtual Currency

FinCEN recently issued interpretive guidance to clarify that it views certain activities involving convertible virtual currencies as money transmission services under the Bank Secrecy Act and FinCEN regulations....more

DOJ Files First Criminal Action On CFPB Referral, CFPB Files Parallel Civil Suit

On May 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced mail and wire fraud charges against a debt settlement firm, its owner, and three of its employees. ...more

Bitcoins: Online Currency’s Uncharted Frontier

Bitcoin – it sounds like a token you might use to play skeeball at a beachside arcade. It is actually a relatively new, virtual online “currency” being used for payments across the Internet. While some observers have noted...more

Nevada Secretary of State Cites Three Criminal Convictions As Warning To Crowdfunders

The Nevada Securities Law (Chapter 90 of Nevada Revised Statutes) is administered and enforced by the Securities Division of the Nevada Secretary of State. Last week, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller issued this press...more

Around the Virtual World - August 31, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Police Embrace Social Media as Crime-Fighting Tool - LinkedIn's Profit Growth Leaves Social...more

District Judge Orders Much-Reduced Sentence in Fraud Case

A federal judge has made a major reversal in the case of Steve Warshak, the Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals founder who was sentenced to 25 years for defrauding customers who bought his “male enhancement” pills, which were...more

TARP Used as Weapon Against Banks

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has snagged a further $733,000 from an Arizona - based bank allegedly involved in clearing financial transactions for global poker giant,...more

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