Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 10, 2013

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In This Issue:

- FEDERAL ISSUES

- STATE ISSUES

- COURTS

- MISCELLANY

- FIRM NEWS

- FIRM PUBLICATIONS

- MORTGAGES

- BANKING

- CONSUMER FINANCE

- SECURITIES

- PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY

- CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

- Excerpt from Securities:

International Bribery Charges against Broker-Dealer Employees Result from SEC Exam. On May 7, the DOJ charged two employees of a U.S. broker-dealer and a senior official in Venezuela's state economic development bank for their alleged roles in what the DOJ describes as a "massive international bribery scheme." According to an unsealed criminal complaint, the DOJ accuses the broker-dealer employees and the foreign official of violating the FCPA by conspiring to pay $5 million in bribes to the foreign official in exchange for her directing the economic development bank's trading business to the broker-dealer, which yielded millions of dollars more in mark-ups and mark-downs for the broker-dealer.

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