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Compliance, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

SEC’s Whistleblower Program Awards Over $3 million to Company Insider

On Friday, July 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will award more than $3 million to a company insider who helped the SEC “crack a complex fraud.” The SEC’s whistleblower program was adopted under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. It rewards high-quality, original information that results in enforcement actions exceeding $1… Continue Reading
Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

AML Compliance Developments in the Gaming Industry

Executives of regulated entities often lament that fulfilling compliance obligations interferes with their ability to operate their business. However, an extensive (and extended) regulator investigation with the potential for civil and / or criminal penalties can present an even greater obstacle to running a business. Trends over the last year in the gaming industry suggest… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

DOJ Criminal Division Chief Provides Guidance on Corporate Charging Decisions

On April 17, 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell provided helpful guidance regarding the Justice Department’s approach to corporate charging decisions in remarks that she delivered at New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. Ms. Caldwell explained that her remarks furthered the Criminal Division’s efforts to increase transparency regarding corporate prosecutions,… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Will Judge Rakoff Get His Wish? – Changes to Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Alter the Plea Bargaining Process

In an article last fall, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff lamented the prevalence and process of plea bargaining in today’s criminal justice system.  While plea bargains currently resolve an estimated 97 percent of federal criminal cases, recent changes to the sentencing guidelines may encourage some white-collar defendants to take their chances at trial. Last week, the… Continue Reading
Compliance, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Inadequate Internal Controls Cost Tech Firm $750,000

Without admitting or denying the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s findings, Polycom Inc. settled with the agency on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, over alleged insufficient internal controls and disclosure violations for personal perk expenses. Andrew Miller, Polycom’s former CEO, traveled to Indonesia and South Africa with his girlfriend, took limousine rides, and purchased dress shirts,… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Uncategorized

An Eerie Silence

There’s an eerie silence in the world of fraud prosecutions in the UK. A Libor trial is about to start, a FCA land banking prosecution is on trial at Southwark, but with reporting restrictions, and a couple of weeks ago David Dixon, author of a Ponzi Scheme, pleaded guilty; and Julian Rifat, having entered a… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Biomet FCPA Announcement Highlights Distributor-Related Risks

Last week, Biomet Inc. announced in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that instead of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expiring this week, the company would be monitored under it for an additional year.… Continue Reading
Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities, Uncategorized

SEC Awards $500K to Company Officer Whistleblower

On Monday, March 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will award between $475,000 and $575,000 to a corporate officer who reported “high quality, original information” about a securities fraud. The SEC’s whistleblower program was adopted under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and rewards high quality, original information that results in enforcement… Continue Reading
Compliance, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Revisiting the Conflicts Minerals Rule

Companies listed in the U.S. are required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act to report whether they manufacture products that incorporate so called conflict minerals (defined as gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighboring countries). McGuireWoods partners Yves Melin and Alex Brackett, along with Estelle Levin –… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Uncategorized

With Record-Setting False Claims Act Recoveries, What Will DOJ Do for an Encore?

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had collected a record $5.69 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) settlements and recoveries over the past year, marking the first time that recoveries have breached the $5 billion threshold. The DOJ press release announcing this accomplishment highlighted two key areas of recovery: healthcare and… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Uncategorized

FCA Enforcement Performance: Part 2 – The Forex Effect

Only a couple of weeks ago I was commenting on a NERA report that had found that in the period between April 2012 and October 2014 the FCA had imposed fines of over £1bn, in sharp contrast to the preceding decade during which a paltry £320m had been levied. Now, on 12 November 2014, the… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Civil fraud damages claims begin in the UK following a corruption prosecution by the SFO and the DOJ against Innospec and others

In a recent decision of Mr Justice Flaux in the case Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner v Innospec Limited and Others, the Claimants sued for damages which they claimed arose as a result of the Defendants having bribed the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (“MOO”) to purchase their chemical products, TEL.  The claim for damages… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

English Court grants worldwide freezing order in support of London arbitration where assets are outside the UK

A recent decision by the Commercial Court in the case of U&M Mining Zambia Limited v Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2014] All ER (D) 136 in which the Claimant’s application to continue a worldwide freezing order over the assets of the Respondent, Konkola, was granted, is significant for those conducting international arbitrations in London. Worldwide… Continue Reading
Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Taking Aim – the SEC’s Continued Focus on Hedge Funds

“It is difficult to overstate how much the regulatory landscape for hedge fund managers has changed over the past four years.” So said Norm Champ, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, in a recent speech wherein he outlined how the SEC has built on its newfound authority to regulate private… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

SEC Announces Record-Breaking Award for Foreign Whistleblower in the Wake of Liu v. Siemens

Recently, the SEC announced its largest whistleblower award to date − an expected award of $30-35 million − to be issued to a foreign resident. Notably, the award would have been even larger if the tipster had not unreasonably delayed in reporting the violations. This award to a foreign resident is of particular interest because… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Second Circuit Decides Dodd-Frank Does Not Apply Extraterritorially, Skips Addressing Whistleblower Protection for Internal Reporting

The Dodd-Frank Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who act as whistleblowers by providing information related to a violation of the securities laws to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a manner established by the SEC. Dodd-Frank Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1). The jurisdiction and scope of this law have been tested recently… Continue Reading
Anti-Money Laundering, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Don’t Turn a Blind Eye – Individual Liability for Failure to Comply with BSA Reporting Requirements

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on August 20, 2014, that it had reached an agreement with a casino official permanently barring him from working in financial institutions as a result of his willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The individual in question, Mr. George Que, assisted high-end customers in avoiding detection… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Welcome to The Fraud Board, a new blog site for UK fraud and related regulatory issues

Welcome to the new McGuireWoods London LLP fraud blog: The Fraud Board, which has taken over from our highly rated Bribery Library site.  There are various reasons for the change, but the main rationale is that while the subject of Bribery remains very important in the economic crime landscape, and will continue to feature strongly… Continue Reading
Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

The Director of the SFO criticises corporations which commission internal investigations before self-reporting

The engagement of external lawyers by corporations is still the safest and best option as those external law firms not only have their own firm's professional brand reputation to protect in giving full honest and fair reports, but the lawyers who form those organisations all owe personal duties to the court not to mislead it. Their report would have been prepared in the knowledge that, if disclosed to the SFO as part of a self-reporting procedure, it could end up being scrutinised by the court.… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on False Claims Act Case Addressing Wartime Tolling and First-to-File Bar

On July 1, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kellogg Brown & Root Services v. United States ex rel. Carter, a case from the Fourth Circuit raising two important questions under the False Claims Act (FCA) that together create the risk that FCA defendants may have to face continued qui tam lawsuits no matter how… Continue Reading

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