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How Effective is Your Anti-Money Laundering Program?

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

[Webinar] Business E-mail Compromise Scams - Practical Perspectives - January 12th, 10:30am EST

An increasing number of businesses are targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts controlled by...more

Indictment Issued in Law Firm Hacks

In what New York’s top federal prosecutor called a “wake-up call for law firms around the world,” three Chinese citizens have been charged with hacking into the servers of two prominent – but unidentified – international law...more

The Second Circuit Limits the Application of Two Guidelines Enhancements

In United States v. Huggins,15-1676, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, and Restani, sitting by designation) limited the scope of two Guidelines enhancements often applicable to white-collar crimes: (1) U.S.S.G....more

Hong Kong and Overseas Businesses Defrauded of over HK$1.8 billion (US$231m) in 2016

Email wire fraud scammers continue to target local and international businesses with victims suffering millions of dollars of lost funds wired to Hong Kong bank accounts. In December 2016, the Hong Kong Legislative...more

Five Indicted for Alleged $33 Million Fraudulent Mortgage Discharge Scheme

On December 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

Court Rules Debt Collector Must Pay $3.9 Million and Go to Prison

On November 10, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the owner of a debt collection company was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $3.9 million in...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a...more

Government Charges Sixteen In $175 Million Pharmacy Fraud

On September 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida filed a five-count information, variously charging sixteen individuals, including three physicians, in connection with a scheme to...more

Being a Returned Fugitive from Justice May Not Be the Worst Thing

But don’t flee justice! This is not legal advice to you, but I really don’t mean to recommend avoiding problems with federal prosecutors by going to other countries where it’s hard for those prosecutors to catch up with you....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.21.16

The Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research has found that money-market funds are increasingly entering into direct repurchase loans with large investors and insurers—another sign that “participants in short-term lending...more

Wall Street Executive Pleads Guilty In Investment Fraud

Andrew Caspersen, a former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. U.S. v....more

Equity Trust Notches a Rare Defense Win in SEC Administrative Proceedings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak dismissed the Division of Enforcement’s charges against IRA custodian Equity Trust Company in connection with the company’s processing of investments marketed by...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

FBI reports $3.1 billion lost by businesses through “business email compromise”

Wire fraud crime has long been a problem for financial institutions and banks. However, wire fraud through email is a completely different beast. Originally characterized by law enforcement as an extension of traditional wire...more

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