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Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

Investment adviser Ismail Elmas pleaded guilty this week to an information charging one count of wire fraud. U.S. v. Elmas, No. 1:14-cr-00358 (E.D. Va.). This action is the latest is a series cases centered on investment...more

Spoofing Back in the News — First Criminal Indictment for Spoofing; CFTC Settlement Lays Out Telltale Signs of Spoofing

Last week the government handed down its first criminal indictment for allegedly engaging in “spoofing” and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission settled with Eric Moncada for spoofing. Spoofing is a form of trading in...more

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Issues GTO

Following the September 10, 2014 historic seizure of $100 million in cash from the execution of approximately 70 business search warrants in the Los Angeles Fashion District, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)...more

New UK Sentencing Guidelines - What Does This Mean For Corporates?

The Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guidance for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences (the “UK Guidelines”) came into force on 1 October 2014. The UK Guidelines set out a ten step process for sentencing and apply to...more

The Justice Department and Individual Criminal Prosecutions

Recently, Attorney General Holder and DAAG Marshall Miller from the Criminal Division delivered important speeches on the Justice Department’s initiative to increase individual criminal prosecutions....more

Usury in Florida: Penalties

There are two “tiers” of penalties for violation of the Florida usury statutes, one civil and the other criminal, and both are severe. Civil penalties usually involve forfeiture of the entire interest charged (or contracted...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order Focused on Money Laundering in L.A.’s Fashion District

In the latest development in a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) targeting alleged money laundering activities in Los Angeles’ garment trade, the Financial Crimes...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Securities Cases

As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term this month, it will be considering a number of securities cases, including the Omnicare case, which is scheduled for oral argument on November 3rd, and three other cases in which...more

Supreme Court of India Cancels 214 Coal Block Allocations

In a judgment delivered on 24 September 2014, the Supreme Court of India cancelled 214 coal block allocations that had been in place since 1993. Out of the 214 cancelled allotments, 42 coal blocks with end-use plants that...more

Attorney General Holder Comments on Financial Fraud and the DOJ’s Concern for Action

On September 17, Attorney General Holder commented on the DOJ’s efforts to pursue criminal activity against corporate financial fraud. Specifically, Holder argued for Congress to modify the FIRREA whistleblower provision by...more

Criminal Conduct and Corporate Liability

Some blame a general quest for the almighty dollar, others, a decline in moral fiber, but white-collar crime has been around as long as commerce itself, or at least as long as there have been white collars. The film "The Wolf...more

The SEC In the Office Fails To Deter Insider Trader

The theory of “broken windows,” the enforcement approach being pursued by the SEC, is that prosecuting all violations large and small creates deterrence. That comes from a kind of omnipresence, or a cop on the beat impact. In...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014

CFTC Sues Lawyer in Federal Court for Aiding and Abetting Clients’ Legal Violations - Jay Grossman, a Florida-based attorney, was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a federal court in Florida for...more

DOJ Makes Headway in Fight Against Financial Fraud

On August 18, 2014, following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and criminal indictment, Paul Robson became the second former Rabobank employee to plead guilty for his participation in a scheme to manipulate the...more

The SEC Brings Another Case Centered on the EB-5 Immigration Program

The government’s EB-5 program is supposed to be a win win for everyone. For immigrants seeking admission to the United States it is supposed to provide a path to citizenship if the requirements, centered on the investment of...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- August 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor yen manipulation; Bank of America’s nearly $17 billion settlement with regulators; ongoing investigations into “dark pool” trading; a $1.3 billion fine imposed on Bank...more

OSC Rejection of Insider Trading Allegations Emphasizes Prosecution Difficulties

On August 26, 2014, a panel of the Ontario Securities Commission (the “panel”) released its highly anticipated decision involving allegations of insider trading, tipping and conduct contrary to the public interest in...more

Kazakhstan’s Law on Legalisation of Property

Legalisation allows release from liability and legitimises the turnover of property. The Law on Amnesty of Kazakhstan Citizens, Repatriates (Oralmans), and Individuals Having Kazakhstan Permanent Residence Permit in...more

SEC – USAO Charge IR Executive With Insider Trading

The SEC may be developing theme based insider trading cases. In recent weeks the agency brought two insider trading actions centered on golfing friends. SEC v. O’Neill, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-13381 (D. Mass. Filed August...more

FedEx Money Laundering Charges Provide an Alternative Avenue for Prosecution if Drug Charges Fail

The Department of Justice's ("DOJ") commitment to expanding the scope of criminal enforcement of the money laundering statutes was shown in a recent indictment targeting FedEx Corporation. ...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Recent UK Proposals Emphasise Importance of REMIT Compliance for Energy Firms

Two recent actions demonstrate the United Kingdom’s (“UK”) continuing commitment to enforcing the European energy laws and the need for vigorous compliance efforts by market participants. Last month, the Office of Gas and...more

Lying to Examiners Can Lead Quickly to Criminal Charges

Hell hath no fury like a regulator (allegedly) lied to. This week, the SEC brought civil charges, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York brought criminal charges, against a broker-dealer and its founder...more

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- July 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on upcoming Libor-related litigation before the Supreme Court and a recent Libor settlement; Citigroup’s $7 billion settlement with the Department of Justice; BNP Paribus’ guilty...more

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