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Global fraud and corruption, and how you can prevent it

Global Corruption Survey - Transparency International carried out a Global Corruption Survey for 2013 to just under 100 countries. The results from this survey indicate that one in four people had paid a bribe to a...more

Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

EY Global Fraud Survey: “Depressing,” yes, surprising, no.

In an August 21, 2014 post concerning the Ernst and Young (EY) 12th Global Fraud Survey (link here for download), Cindy Knezevich, (Vice President of Marketing Operations at The Network), states, “it’s shocking how little...more

Fraud in Brampton – two decades in the making

Twenty years ago, Brampton was just a tiny suburb in Southern Ontario with a population of 260,000. Now, it’s Canada’s 9th largest municipality with a population of 600,000 – 2/3 of which are visible minorities. In this time,...more

The Crime-Fraud Exception: Open Questions for the Supreme Court

In Zolin, the Supreme Court determined that a party invoking the crime-fraud exception must make a threshold showing before a district court may review documented attorney-client communications in camera. The Court settled on...more

World Bank Suspension and Debarment Report

On June 26, 2014, the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD) released its public report covering sanctions arising from World Bank-financed projects during OSD’s first six years of operation. The report...more

Increasing Risks of Fraud; Compliance Failures; A Willingness to be Unethical

Cyber security, corruption and unethical behavior pose significant risks for business enterprises, according to a new survey by EY titled “Overcoming Compliance Fatigue’. At the same time business organizations may be...more

Canadian businesses need a whistleblower hotline

Ernst & Young's Global Fraud Survey has one in five Canadian executives believing that corrupt practices, including bribery, happen regularly in this country....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Council of the EU Adopts Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive - On May 6, the Council of the EU adopted at first reading the text of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD). The BRRD seeks to harmonize...more

HP, Three Subsidiaries Pay $108 Million To Settle FCPA Charges

The Russian, Polish and Mexican subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard Company resolved criminal FCPA charges with the Department of Justice while the parent corporation settled with the SEC. ZAO Hewlett-Packard A.O., or HP Russia,...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

JP Morgan’s Tone-Deaf Attitude

Some people are gluttons for punishment. We all know people in our professional and personal lives who repeatedly end up in trouble. Even when they escape some serious consequence or problem, they inevitably bring about...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – January 27, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – January 20, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—A Look Back at 2012 and 2013

Over the last two years, enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) has remained a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). That emphasis is likely to...more

We Mean What We Say – FCPA Enforcement Begins The Year With A Bang

Gone are the days when everyone wondered whether FCPA enforcement was slowing down. The Justice Department and the SEC have answered that question with a resounding statement – “We are here to stay.”...more

JP Morgan: Can It Get Any Worse?

You never see the words “poor” and “JP Morgan” in the same sentence. It is a historical oxymoron – the words do not fit together. However, if you have been following the headlines lately – you have to think to yourself,...more

From New Hampshire To Birmingham: Bill Athanas And The Fight Against Fraud And Corruption

Ed. Note-I continue my series of profiling thought leaders in the area of anti-corruption. Today, I post an interview with Bill Athanas, partner in the firm of Waller Law. ...more

Where’s The Ball? Lesson For The Compliance Practitioner In China

Where’s the ball? That iconic question was asked by Oakland A’s center fielder Chris Young to Houston Astro left fielder Robbie Grossman near second base late Wednesday night, as Grossman was returning to the dugout after...more

Public Employees Ruled Immune From Liability When Acting In Legislative Or Discretionary Capacity, Even If Fraud, Corruption, Or...

After landowners spent three years securing planning commission approval for a proposed senior living facility project, the city council rejected the project in the face of community opposition. The landowners sued, alleging...more

Investor Funds Bring Lawsuit Against Goldman Sachs

On July 3, Phoenix Light SF Limited, Blue Heron Funding Ltd., Silver Elms CDO II Limited and Kleros Preferred Funding V PLC, filed a complaint against Goldman Sachs in the Supreme Court of the State of New York relating to...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

Socio-Economic and Cultural Risk Factors That Drive Corruption: A Focus on the ‘Supply Side’ of the Equation

This is the last installment of my three party series regarding Occupational Fraud. One can never lose focus on what I consider the key question as they enter or play within the international arena: What are the...more

Socio-Economic and Cultural Risk Factors That Drive Corruption”: A Focus on the ‘Demand Side’ of the Equation

Yesterday we discussed Occupational Fraud and how, according to the ACFE, survey participants estimated that the typical organization loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year. Applied to the 2011 Gloss World Product, the...more

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