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Convictions reversed in LIBOR case

On July 19, 2017, in United States v. Allen, et al. (16-cr-98) (Cabranes, Pooler, Lynch), the Second Circuit issued a decision reversing the convictions of defendants Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti for wire fraud and...more

Criminal Prosecutions of Individuals Outside the FCPA

by Michael Volkov on

When you look outside the FCPA arena and examine DOJ criminal prosecutions in healthcare, antitrust, tax, fraud, and other white-collar areas, there is no shortage of cases against individual violators. I am perplexed, to say...more

Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under...more

Portfolio Manager Sentenced to Prison In Mismarking Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Mismarking or misquoting securities can defraud market participants and harm the markets. It seems to be a recurring theme in recent weeks. See, e.g., SEC v. Im, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-03603 (S.D.N.Y. Filed May 15,...more

B/D Executive Pleads Guilty In Bribery Scheme Uncovered by SEC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A New York public pension fund was at the center of a pay-to-play scheme uncovered by the SEC. The inquiry ended with charges from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office against a former managing director of a registered...more

Second Circuit Holds that District Court Orders Determining Restitution Credits are Final, Appealable Orders

In United States v. Yalincak, No. 11-5446 (2nd Cir. Apr. 10, 2017) (Calabresi, Raggi, Lynch), the Second Circuit addressed a complicated issue of appellate procedure in the course of a decision on the law of restitution. ...more

California Last State to Join Multistate Settlement of Western Union Fraud Schemes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, California became the 50th state to join the multistate settlement with Western Union over its alleged complicity in fraud-induced wire transfers. This followed Western Union’s $5 million agreement with 49 state...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

Gambler Walters Loses in DOJ Insider Trading Trial

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

William “Billy” Walters rolled the dice against the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and lost in a high profile insider trading case. U.S. v. Davis, No. 1:16-cr-00338 (S.D.N.Y. Verdict April 7, 2017). Mr. Walters, a well...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Securities Law Recidivist Pleads Guilty in Offering Fraud Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission and the DOJ have recently brought a number of securities fraud cases in which a key person in the misconduct concealed a prior criminal conviction for securities related offenses from investors. Another case in...more

Court Affirms Conviction In Case Involving $126 Million Loan For Shopping Mall Transaction, Rejecting Argument That Sentence...

In a summary order on March 8, 2017, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, C.J. and Pooler and Lynch, J.) affirmed the conviction and sentence for wire fraud in United States v. Frenkel. The case attracted some public attention...more

Wire Transfer Fraud: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Businesses are increasingly falling victim to wire fraud scams – sometimes referred to as “man-in-the-email” or “business email compromise” scams. Although there are multiple variants, a common situation involves an attacker...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Return to Sender: Aéropostale Employee’s Fraud Convictions Affirmed, But Restitution Order Sent Back for Recalculation

Aéropostale is known by many as a staple of adolescent wardrobes and shopping-mall standard. But as a patsy for kickback schemes? In United States v. Finazzo, 14-3213-cr, 14-3330-cr (Droney, J., joined by Judges Sack and...more

Hong Kong Email Wire Fraud Epidemic - How to retrieve funds and prevent wire fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Over the Lunar New Year period, we observed a spate of email wire frauds (or ‘business email scams’) which involve funds being wired internationally to bank accounts in Hong Kong. The amounts transferred vary from a few...more

How Effective is Your Anti-Money Laundering Program?

by Baker Donelson on

At the end of January, Western Union agreed to pay the United States government $586 million to resolve allegations that it failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program under the Bank Secrecy Act and aided...more

Hong Kong Email Wire Fraud Epidemic - How to retrieve funds and prevent wire fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Over the Lunar New Year period, we observed a spate of email wire frauds (or ‘business email scams’) which involve funds being wired internationally to bank accounts in Hong Kong. The amounts transferred vary from a few...more

The Western Union DPA and the Need to Investigate One’s Own

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Western Union Company (“Western Union”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) on January 19th with the Department of Justice, based on alleged willful failures to maintain an effective AML program and the...more

2016 Year End Review: Money Laundering Opinions of Note

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal courts continued in 2016 to produce a stream of cases pertaining to money laundering. We focus on three below because they involve analysis of basic issues that frequently arise in money laundering litigation....more

Western Union on the Hook for $586 Million for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Western Union is facing a $586-million settlement, after admitting to aiding criminals in money laundering and fraud. The global money services business, with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, has entered into...more

Lessons Learned and Compliance Trends from the VW and Takata Scandals (Part III of III)

by Michael Volkov on

When unraveling a major corporate scandal, especially multi-year schemes involving senior executives, the blame game or lessons learned approach can easily turn into a fruitless exercise. The VA and Takata scandals are...more

Takata – Criminal Airbag Scheme and Innocent Consumer Harm (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

In my continuing review of corporate misconduct in the automobile industry, today we examine the Takata Corporation scandal for its airbag scheme. Takata is a manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety equipment. It...more

VW Fallout Continues: Mobile Source Emissions Enforcement Likely to Continue Full Speed Ahead under Trump Administration

by Snell & Wilmer on

The headlines generated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal continue to amaze the environmental community and the general public, both here and abroad. The events are shocking in part because they involve a household name in...more

Law Firm Data Breaches Demonstrate the Expanding Scope of Cyber Attacks

In a case of “cyber meets securities fraud,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently indicted three foreign nationals on charges of insider trading, wire fraud, and computer...more

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