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Money Laundering Watch: Will More Chickens Come Home to Roost Following Deutsche Bank Raid?

Posted  11/30/18
The Panama Papers fallout continues with a massive early morning raid on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Some 170 officers searched for evidence of the bank’s role in over $350m worth of suspected money-laundering through organizations in the British Virgin Islands. Deutsche Bank confirms the investigation is related to the Panama Papers: the April 2016 release of over 11 million files about...

Catch of the Week — Universal American Mortgage Company

Posted  10/19/18
Universal American Mortgage Company (UAMC), a Miami-based mortgage company, agreed on October 19 to a $13.2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage-insurance requirements in connection with certain loans. UAMC is part of Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders. The...

Catch of the Week: RBS Agrees to Pay $4.9 Billion

Posted  08/17/18
This week’s Department of Justice “Catch of the Week” goes to The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS), who agreed to pay $4.9 billion to settle claims that RBS misled investors in the underwriting and issuing of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2008.   See DOJ Press Release. The settlement’s statement of facts details how RBS routinely made misrepresentations and omissions...

The Catch of the Week -- Société Générale S.A.

Posted  06/8/18
In a joint effort by the DOJ, CFTC, and French authorities, Société Générale agreed on June 4th to pay penalties and disgorgement in excess of $1 billion arising out of two separate wrongful schemes, making them our Catch of the Week. First, in connection with alleged violations arising from manipulation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), Société Générale agreed to pay $275 million in a...

Question of the Week -- Can Authorities Stop the Mob from Laundering Money Through Online Gambling Sites?

Posted  05/30/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Italian mafia has entered the 21st century. According to multiple news accounts and criminal investigations, many of the major Italian mafia families are using online gambling websites-both real and fake-to launder their ill-gotten proceeds. Favoring online sites set up in Malta hidden behind layers of shell companies, Mafiosos have been running betting websites that allow...

Barclays CEO fined over whistleblower retaliation; Constantine Cannon partner weighs in

Posted  05/14/18
Jes Staley, the CEO of the world’s 15th largest bank, has been fined over £640k by Britain’s financial regulators for trying to uncover the identity of an anonymous whistleblower. The fine represents under 15% of Staley’s 2016 compensation. The bank also retroactively decreased Staley’s 2016 bonus by £500k. The total £1.14M represents about a quarter of Staley’s 2016 compensation. Additionally, regulators...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Discusses UK Enforcement Action Against Barclays CEO Jes Staley

Posted  04/20/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Two UK regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority, have concluded their investigation into Barclays CEO Jes Staley's actions and have told him to pay a "financial penalty" as punishment.  Staley reportedly tried to hunt down an internal whistleblower that raised concerns about the recruitment of Tim Main as head of the bank’s...

CTFC Brings Charges Over Fraud Involving Binary Options and “ATM Coin”

Posted  04/18/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced charges against two individuals and four entities for engaging in a fraudulent scheme involving binary options and a virtual currency called “ATM Coin.” The CFTC also alleges that the defendants improperly accepted customer funds without first registering with the CFTC. Earlier this week, the United States...

Barclays Agrees to Pay $2 Billion in Civil Penalties

Posted  03/30/18
By <the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Barclays will pay the United States two billion dollars to settle a civil action filed in December 2016 in which the United States sought civil penalties for alleged conduct related to Barclays’ underwriting and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007. Agreement has also been reached with two former Barclays executives who were named as...

The Former Khmer Rouge Slave Who Became a Whistleblower Against Wells Fargo

Posted  03/26/18
The New York Times reports on former Wells Fargo employee Duke Tran who blew the whistle on the company for allegedly being ordered to lie to customers who were facing foreclosure in 2014. Mr. Tran was fired from his job at Wells Fargo and since then has been locked in a four-year legal battle with the company alleging he was fired as retaliation for blowing the whistle on the bank’s alleged deceptive practices. Mr....

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