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Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating...more

A Video Plus a Sinatra Song Attracted Investors for Fraudster

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Wall Street office; a youtube.com video; Frank Sinatra singing New York New York. These were the keys to building an apparently successful commodity trading business that attracted clients – at least for a while. ...more

DOL Allows SOX Claim Where Foreign Whistleblower Alleged Violation of US Law

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) recently held that a former employee of Exelis Systems Corporation who was employed in Afghanistan could bring a SOX claim even though he worked exclusively outside...more

Second Circuit’s ruling in United States v. Allen strikes blow to cross-border enforcement efforts

by Dentons on

The Second Circuit’s recent decision in United States v. Allen has created a potentially serious obstacle to the United States’ cross-border enforcement efforts. The court ruled that the Fifth Amendment prohibits the...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn them; the first segment is...more

Government Dismisses All Charges In Benjamin Wey Securities Fraud Case After U.S. District Judge Suppresses All Evidence Obtained...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 8, 2017, the Government moved to dismiss all charges against Benjamin Wey, the CEO of New York Global Group charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. United States District Court...more

The “Pharma Bro” Trial—Who Really Won?

After a five-week trial, a jury of five men and seven women convicted notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli of securities fraud on August 4, 2017. Shkreli had been charged with two counts of securities fraud,...more

Martin Shkreli Convicted on Three of Eight Counts of Securities Fraud

On Friday, August 4, 2017, a federal court jury in Brooklyn, New York, found Martin Shkreli, former CEO of biopharmaceutical company Retrophin, guilty on three of eight counts of securities fraud. The verdict followed five...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Cause for Denial of Criminal Justice Act Funds

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which an indigent defendant sought to obtain Criminal Justice Act (CJA) funds to retain an expert. The court denied the defendant access to CJA funds because the...more

LIBOR Criminal Convictions Reversed – The Perils of Global Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

The growth of global enforcement systems raises important policy issues and risks for enforcement authorities. In an interesting case, US v. Allen and Conti, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed criminal convictions...more

Two Court Rulings Show Coverage Difficulties for “Fake President” Fraud

by Nossaman LLP on

A few weeks back, the Insurance Recovery report posted a blog about the difficulty obtaining insurance coverage for “fake president” fraud, which is also known as business e-mail compromise, or social engineering fraud. Two...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Fifth Amendment Law, with Implications for US Prosecution of International Cartels

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 19, 2017, the Second Circuit vacated the convictions and dismissed the indictments of two individuals accused of playing a role in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). United States v. Allen,...more

Cybersecurity: Spear Phishing Covered Under Insurance Policy Where Code Manipulated

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Increasingly, insureds faced with cyber fraud losses are going to the courts to interpret their policies. In The Brick Warehouse LP v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2017 ABQB 413 [The Brick Warehouse], and in Taylor &...more

Court Dispenses With Fraud Defense Based on Gumball Victims’ Disclaimers

The Chicklets and Runts vending machine at your local car repair shop last decade may have been one piece of a fraudulent enterprise that ensnarled roughly 7,000 victims. As CEO of Vendstar, Defendant Edward (“Ned”) Weaver...more

US Second Circuit Finds Testimony Compelled by UK Regulators to be Inadmissible in Criminal Proceedings

Creating a potential new impediment for collaboration between UK and US investigators, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York recently held that evidence derived from compelled testimony cannot be used in a...more

Cybersecurity: When Social Engineering Fraud is Not Covered Under Your Insurance Policy

by Bennett Jones LLP on

We live in an age of escalating cybersecurity threats. Many intrusion threats are social engineering attacks, which seek to gain entry to an organization's computer systems via its personnel and not a hack to the computer...more

Fifth Amendment Prohibits Use of Compelled Foreign Testimony in U.S. Criminal Trials

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of two former London-based bankers, Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti, who were convicted in October 2015 on multiple counts of bank and wire...more

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

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