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Former Qualcomm EVP Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

For former Qualcomm Inc. Executive Vice President Jing Wang the cover-up not only failed but increased his liability. The former executive pleaded guilty this week to securities fraud based on his insider trading, money...more

Supreme Court Adopts Broad Interpretation Of Bank Fraud

Choosing to adopt a broad view of what constitutes bank fraud under the federal bank fraud statutes, the U.S. Supreme Court held that to constitute a violation of the statute, no proof of intent to defraud the particular...more

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance Part II of II June 24, 2014  [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial...more

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance I of II June 10 2014 [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial...more

Silk Road’s Ulbrecht Fails in Dismissal Bid, Court Strengthens Federal Bitcoin Enforcement

In another installment of the continuing saga surrounding the shuttering of the Silk Road online marketplace and arrest of its alleged creator and operator, Ross William Ulbricht (Ulbricht), a Southern District of New York...more

Africa Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

SEC Continues to Focus on Microcap Fraud

Microcap fraud is a continuing enforcement priority for the SEC. Last week, for example, the Commission brought an action centered on what would have been a pump and dump scheme but for the fact that the shell company was...more

Holder Vows To Continue Operation Choke Point; House Considers Bill To Stop It

Depending on whom you ask, Operation Choke Point has a promising future ahead of it – or will soon be history. The controversial initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is intended to limit certain lenders and...more

Mortgage Company Resolves HAMP-Related Criminal Allegations

On July 3, the DOJ announced the resolution of a multi-agency criminal investigation into the way a large mortgage company administered the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). According to a Restitution and...more

New York Jury Acquits Former Hedge Fund Manager of Insider Trading Conspiracy

In the first case of approximately 81 insider cases that the S.D.N.Y. has successfully brought alleging insider trading, a New York federal jury acquitted Rengan Rajaratnam (Rengan), a former hedge fund manager, of conspiracy...more

The UK Bribery Act, Three Years On: Can We Relax Yet?

The Bribery Act 2010 has now been in force for three years. Despite the announcements and commentary that it heralded a new and aggressive face toward corporate corruption, there have as yet been no corporate prosecutions...more

Finding Bank Fraud Without Defrauding Bank – Supreme Court Grapples with Reach of Federal Criminal Bank Fraud Statute

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court in Loughrin v. United States unanimously rejected the petitioner’s argument to narrow the federal criminal law against bank fraud by reading into that statute’s second clause...more

Bank of Italy warns on Bitcoin and its illegal usage

Bitcoin and its potential usage as part of money laundering crimes as well as of crimes associated with terrorism has been the subject of concerns raised by the UIF, the harm of the Bank of Italy dedicated, among others, to...more

Microcap Fraud: An FBI Controlled Shell Company

Five men came together to plan the manipulation of an over-the-counter traded shell. What they did not know was that the shell was controlled by the FBI. SEC v. Affa, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-12959 (D. Mass. Filed July 11,...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on ongoing civil lawsuits and regulatory investigations into Libor manipulation by large banks, including the possible imposition of new criminal penalties by U.K. authorities...more

Firms Charged with Both Bribery and Financial Crime Hit Hardest by FCPA Enforcement

Although passed in 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was not significantly enforced until 2005. Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made up for the...more

STOA Schemes Face Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

Increased SEC and Justice Department prosecution is bad news for stranger-originated annuity (STOA) schemes. The SEC recently announced that enforcement actions were taken against brokers Michael A. Horowitz of California and...more

FinCrimes Update - Summary, Volume 1, Issue 4

FDIC RESTRICTS BANK’S CARD BUSINESSES PENDING BSA COMPLIANCE ENHANCEMENTS - On June 5, the FDIC and a Delaware bank entered a consent order that prohibits the bank from entering into any new relationships with...more

Attorney General Vows To Continue Operation Choke Point

On June 23, the DOJ released a transcript of a message delivered by Attorney General Eric Holder in which he pledged to continue investigations of financial institutions “that knowingly facilitate consumer scams, or that...more

BNP: A Window Into A Systemic Compliance Breakdown

BNP Paribas’ recent settlement of nearly $9 billion for violating US Sanctions against Sudan, Iran and other countries is another important achievement for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the...more

Compliance in the C-Suite

The ongoing debate whether certain executives are “too big to jail” misses the most important trend in corporate governance – namely, that criminal conduct is rising in the C-Suite. Viewed from a broad perspective, since...more

BNP Paribas Agrees to Record Penalty for Violating US Sanctions Laws

On June 30, 2014, BNP Paribas SA (“BNPP”), the largest bank in France, pled guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws and agreed to pay a total of nearly $8.9 billion in criminal forfeiture and penalties to the U.S....more

U.S. Government Enters $21 Million Sanctions Settlement With Dutch Aviation Services Company Arising out of Voluntary...

The recent $21 million U.S. government sanctions settlement with Fokker Services BV (“Fokker”), a Dutch aerospace services provider, signifies an increasing appetite on the part of U.S. regulators to go after non-U.S....more

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