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Pay the Piper: Restitution Payment to Victims Does Not Offset Mandatory Forfeiture to Government

In United States v. Bodouva, 16-3937 (March 22, 2017) (Katzmann, C.J., Pooler and Lynch, J.), the Court held in a per curiam order that a defendant convicted of embezzlement must forfeit the full amount of her illicit gains...more

Friends and Family and Criminal Forfeiture

One of the many potential consequences of a criminal conviction is that the government may seize assets held by the defendant’s family to satisfy a criminal forfeiture order against the defendant himself. In United States v....more

Securities Law Recidivist Pleads Guilty in Offering Fraud Case

The Commission and the DOJ have recently brought a number of securities fraud cases in which a key person in the misconduct concealed a prior criminal conviction for securities related offenses from investors. Another case in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two insider trading cases this week, one which is being litigated and another that settled prior to filing. The agency also brought a financial fraud action against five firm executives who essentially...more

Court Affirms Conviction In Case Involving $126 Million Loan For Shopping Mall Transaction, Rejecting Argument That Sentence...

In a summary order on March 8, 2017, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, C.J. and Pooler and Lynch, J.) affirmed the conviction and sentence for wire fraud in United States v. Frenkel. The case attracted some public attention...more

DOJ Announces Extension of FCPA Pilot Program

The US Department of Justice plans to extend its FCPA Pilot Program, an initiative developed to encourage companies to self-report bribery violations and provide extensive cooperation in exchange for reduced penalties,...more

New York Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Loan Modification Scheme

On March 7, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced the sentencing of an individual defendant to 15 years in prison and $2.5 million in forfeiture in connection with a loan...more

Indictments Spotlight Broad Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Money Laundering Statutes

The U.S. money laundering statutes have a broad global reach and may be used to prosecute cases involving alleged schemes perpetrated almost entirely outside of the United States. These types of allegations seem to be an...more

FinCEN Enforcement Action Highlights AML Compliance Program Failures and Conflicts of Interest for High-Risk MSB Customers

On February 27, 2017, FinCEN announced a $7 million civil monetary penalty against Merchants for willful violations of the BSA. Additionally, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Merchants’ federal functional...more

SEC Announces Expedited Program to Vacate pre-Dodd Frank Collateral Bars from Non-Associated Industries

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in part a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed a collateral bar against Gregory Bartko, the former CEO and chief compliance...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI) will find you!

Due to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the work of IRS special agents, international tax transparency is here. There is virtually nowhere to hide. On 1/18/17, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that...more

Navigating Through the Hazy Intersection of Financial Services and the Legal Marijuana Industry

As more states legalize marijuana use, financial institutions face increased uncertainty about how to handle accounts opened by marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) in light of regulatory difficulties stemming from the obvious...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - February 2017

When Regulatory Failings Turn Criminal: Car Edition Redux - Why it matters: To paraphrase the famous quote from the film “All About Eve”: Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy car ride. In the first part of...more

The Supreme Court Clarified Bank Fraud Statute Does Not Require a Defendant to Intend to Defraud a Bank

In December 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held in Shaw v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 462 (2016), that the Bank Fraud statute does not require the government prove the defendant intended to defraud a bank. The...more

Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained on Money Laundering Charges

The founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, following their indictment on money-laundering charges allegedly tied to the ever-widening Petrobas corruption scandal in Brazil. Kenia...more

"CFTC’s Enforcement Division Issues New Advisories on Cooperation"

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new enforcement advisories outlining the factors the division will consider in evaluating cooperation in the agency’s...more

UK Regulation Round Up - January 2017

Welcome to the UK Regulation Round Up, a regular bulletin highlighting the latest developments in UK regulation for alternative asset managers. The start of 2017 saw a number of regulatory developments including...more

"A Trump-Appointed AG May Not Translate to Less Aggressive Enforcement"

Forecasting the enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration is difficult at best. Previous statements from both President Donald Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S....more

This Month in Corruption: the Same Old Saga Continues

As a faithful reader of the State House News Service, I have been noticing for years how often the Press Releases section of the service’s subscriber-only web site contains an account of wrongdoing and/or unsavory behavior in...more

How A Defendant Won The Lottery!

The decision to hire a Forensic Accountant can be like buying a lottery ticket. Not all Forensic Accountants are equal. Not all possess the characteristics and critical success factors of an effective Forensic Accountant,...more

FCPA and Private Equity Fees and Expenses Discussion

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted an Investment Management Update webinar for West LegalEdcenter. In this episode, Mr. Nowak is joined by Pepper partners Martin S. Bloor and Julia D. Corelli to discuss recent...more

FCPA and Private Equity Fees and Expenses Discussion [Audio]

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted an Investment Management Update webinar for West LegalEdcenter. In this episode, Mr. Nowak is joined by Pepper partners Martin S. Bloor and Julia D. Corelli to discuss recent...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs In on Bank Fraud

Weighing in on the bank fraud statute, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the government to hold that the bank had a property interest in the customer's deposits, and the law does not require proof that the bank suffered...more

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