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Florida Court: Bitcoin Isn’t “Money”, and Selling It Isn’t “Transmission”

A Florida criminal court has exonerated a defendant charged with violating state money transmission and money laundering laws. In Florida v. Espinoza, the State of Florida charged Michell Abner Espinoza with one count...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

An investment banker who repeatedly tipped his father on about pending mergers was found guilty of insider trading by a jury this week. The Commission brought another action based on the whistleblower protections where the...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

Panorama - A Parte I desta série teve enfoque no pesadelo e problema imprevisto de declarações de impostos não apresentadas para imigrantes não registrados. As consequências de "empurrar o problema com a barriga"...more

SEC Files Another Excessive Fee Case

The Commission brought another in a series of civil and criminal actions centered on charging excessive, undisclosed fees to clients transitioning their portfolios. SEC v. Place, Civil Action No. 2:16-c-4291 (E.D.Pa. Filed...more

OFAC Cites Violations in Dealings with Specially Designated Nationals

Insurance companies and financial institutions are targeted. On August 2, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Finding of Violation against two different insurance...more

Congressional Report Finds FDIC Data Breach Response Obstructed Congressional Oversight

On July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (the “Science Committee”) released a report regarding its investigation of an October 2015 data breach and the subsequent response of...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 2

Part I of this series focused on the unforeseen nightmare and problem of unfiled tax returns for undocumented immigrants. The consequences of “kicking the can down the road”, will have significant legal and financial...more

Case Note: Crime Doesn’t Pay and Taxes are Still Due

In a case involving criminal forfeiture of stock option profits, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that no deduction is allowed for $44 million in forfeited stock option gains on which tax was previously...more

Legal Alert: New York’s New BSA/AML Rule Imposes Monitoring, Filtering and Certification Requirements

On June 30, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) adopted a new anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering (AML) regulation (Final Rule) that builds on federal anti-money laundering requirements to address...more

Are Compliance Officers at Financial Institutions Now in the Hot Seat for Fines?

Otherwise reputable Financial Institutions continue being sanctioned for regulatory non-compliance. Well known “household” names continue receiving fines for failing to establish and implement adequate Anti-Money Laundering...more

Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza...more

First Circuit Affirms Another Insider-Trading Conviction

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed another conviction in a pair of appeals arising from insider-trading prosecutions. The decision in United States v. McPhail confirms that, under...more

New confiscation recommendations: a price worth paying?

On 15 July 2016, the Home Affairs Committee published a report on the Proceeds of Crime. The report identifies a number of systemic problems with the current confiscation order system and makes several recommendations...more

New out-of-court settlement in Belgium for bribery, fraud and money laundering offences

A new law has introduced an out-of-court criminal dispute resolution procedure which is available to, inter alia, a legal entity accused of bribery, fraud or money laundering. Provisions relating to another alternative to...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #3

CME Group Proposes New Clearing Member Category to Help Customers Avoid Pro Rata Distribution Risk in Case of FCM Insolvency: CME Group filed proposed rule changes with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Investment advisers were at the center of a number of actions brought by the Commission this week . Two proceedings involved a registered adviser and its COO that were involved in an unregistered and fraudulent offering; two...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2016

“Official Acts”—What They Are… and Are Not - Why it matters: On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. U.S., holding that, for purposes of the federal public corruption statutes, an “official act”...more

Second UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement Has Implications for US Corporates

“Innocent” US parent pays £6.25 million for UK subsidiary’s secret bribery. On July 11, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had secured its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The first DPA was...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Final Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions...

Final regulations impose certification requirements on a financial institution’s Board of Directors or Senior Officer(s) relating to BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. The New York State Register today published the final...more

Career Securities Law Violator Pleads Guilty To Manipulation

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea in a stock manipulation case from a career securities law violator. The guilty plea is the fourth conviction for defendant John Galanis. U.S. v. Galanis, No....more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

New SFO Bribery Case: Can’t Pay? That Might Be Okay…

The UK Serious Fraud Office has entered its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a company accused of bribery. Links to the SFO press release, and the detailed preliminary and final judgments of the court are...more

The UK’s second DPA: a hopeful judgment

The approval of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and XYZ Limited (XYZ) by Leveson LJ on 8 July 2016 has generated much breathless commentary, not least because it is only the...more

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