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FinCEN issues $1.5 million Penalty against Pennsylvania Bank for AML Violations

On February 26, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an assessment of a civil money penalty totaling $1,500,000 against First National Community Bank (“FNCB”), which is...more

First SEC Whistleblower Award To Former Company Officer

On March 2, 2015, the SEC announced an expected award of $475,000 to $575,000 to a former company officer “who reported original, high-quality information about a securities fraud that resulted in an SEC enforcement action...more

Financial Institutions and Ethics – Some Just Do Not Get It

I am starting to repeat myself – it is a sign of old age (ask my wife), or maybe I have a point to make. I have written several times about financial institutions and the need to embrace a culture of ethics and compliance....more

Goodyear Rolls Out $16 M Settlement With SEC, Putting Brakes on FCPA Charges

On February 24, 2015, the SEC announced that it had reached an agreement with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (“Goodyear”) for Goodyear to disgorge more than $16 million to settle FCPA charges stemming from its Kenyan and Angolan...more

Avoiding personal liability amidst heightened AML enforcement

In February 2014, the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), the self-regulatory body for the U.S. securities industry, suspended a former global anti-money laundering compliance officer at Brown Brothers Harriman &...more

Minnie Minoso Broke Barriers; Goodyear Pushes Compliance Forward

Yesterday we celebrated the hard-nosed playing style of Anthony Mason, who recently passed away. Today we honor a true pioneer in professional baseball, Minnie Minoso, or Mr. White Sox. Minoso was the first black Cuban to...more

FedEx Asks Federal Appeals Court to Block California Enforcement Case Alleging Mismanagement of Damaged Products

On February 23, 2015, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (“FedEx”) filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“9th Circuit”), seeking to block an enforcement action brought by the State of California...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2014 Year End Update

Over the course of 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have continued their aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This has led to critical...more

FTC and New York AG File Joint Suits Against Debt Collectors

On February 26, the FTC and the New York State Attorney General announced joint lawsuits to cease certain practices of two debt collection operations based in upstate New York. The complaints allege that the defendants...more

FinCEN Imposes Significant Fines In a Warning to Adhere to Due Diligence Requirements

In its recent decision to impose $20 million in sanctions upon Oppenheimer and Co. for the company’s failure to maintain internal controls to promote enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), FinCEN revealed the emphasis it...more

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Delays Overpayment Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 13, 2015, that it will delay publishing final regulations concerning the “60-Day Rule.” The final rule will be published on or before February 17,...more

CMS Made Payments to Providers with Delinquent Medicare Debts

The OIG has issued a report on its findings that Medicare in some cases continued to make payments to physicians who have delinquent Medicare debts that have been referred to Treasury for collection. ...more

SEC Staples: Trading Suspensions, Market Manipulation and Ponzi Schemes

Trading suspensions, market manipulation and Ponzi scheme actions – staples of SEC enforcement. The Commission suspended trading for 128 dormant shell companies this week while bringing a market manipulation action involving...more

Goodyear Settles SEC’s FCPA Charges for $16M – Investigation Underscores Importance of Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence and Oversight...

On February 24, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had settled its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation of payments made by two subsidiaries of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber...more

Mind the Red Flags – FinCEN Issues Penalty for Failure to File SARs on Director’s Suspicious Activity

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently penalized First National Community Bank (FNCB) $1.5 million for failing to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) despite the existence of...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Lender Targeting Veterans, Imposes $2M Penalty

Why it matters - Alleged deceptive marketing by a mortgage lender to veterans was at the heart of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest enforcement action. NewDay Financial, LLC, “profited from the...more

Blog: Vermont AG Posts Second Enforcement Action of 2015 Related to State Disclosure Law

Last week, the Vermont Attorney General (VT AG) posted its second enforcement action of 2015, this time against a dental products manufacturer. ...more

Does Former Officer Have An Obligation To Turn Over Whistleblower Award?

Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced “a whistleblower award payout between $475,000 and $575,000 to a former company officer who reported original, high-quality information about a securities fraud that...more

Goodyear FCPA Fine Highlights Benefits of Cooperation and Robust Compliance Controls

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), one of the world’s largest tire companies, reached a significant settlement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with charges that two of its...more

NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are...more

Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil...more

Adviser’s Principal Banned for False Statements of Eligibility, Failure to Maintain Records and Compliance Manual

A February SEC enforcement case provided a reminder to investment advisers of the importance of meticulous compliance with requirements regarding record retention and compliance manuals. In the orderi, the SEC settled an...more

China Update February 2015: Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers, and EB-5...

Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers - Earlier this month the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agreed to “stay” the administrative action (meaning the SEC...more

The Need for Robust OFAC Compliance Programs

People are good at complaining. People often say to themselves, “Things are not going my way,” and they love to feel sorry for themselves. People who are professional victims are toxic....more

Federal Court Finds Amex’s “Anti-Steering” Merchant Rules Anticompetitive

After a seven-week bench trial in an enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 17 state attorneys general, U.S. District Judge Garaufis (Eastern District of New York) held that American Express Co.’s...more

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