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SEC Fines New York Stock Exchange $14 Million for Regulatory Failures

Posted  03/7/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team In a landmark settlement, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced yesterday that it has charged New York Stock Exchange LLC (NYSE) and two affiliated exchanges in connection with five separate investigations into several regulatory failings, including the first ever charge based on a violation on Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Reg SCI)...

Fraudster of the Week -- BitFunder Founder Jon E. Montroll

Posted  02/23/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Jon E. Montroll and his former company, BitFunder, alleging violations of the anti-fraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws. In parallel criminal proceedings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York charged Montroll with perjury and obstruction of...

HSBC Holdings Agrees to Pay More Than $100 Million to Resolve Fraud Charges

Posted  01/19/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team/em United Kingdom-based global financial services company HSBC Holdings plc entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and agreed to pay a $63.1 million criminal penalty and $38.4 million in disgorgement and restitution to resolve charges that it engaged in a scheme to defraud two bank clients through a multi-million dollar scheme commonly referred to as “front-running.”...

Judge Determines that PricewaterhouseCoopers was Negligent in Colonial Bank Auditing Case

Posted  01/3/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Late last week, a federal judge determined that accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was negligent in its auditing of Colonial Bank, the Alabama institution that failed in 2009 in the midst of the financial crisis. Colonial failed as a result of a $2 billion fraud orchestrated by Florida-based mortgage lender Taylor Bean & Whitaker, a major Colonial customer, which was...

New York Hits Credit Suisse with $135M Fine for Forex Violations

Posted  11/14/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Credit Suisse AG agreed to pay a $135 million fine to settle charges by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) that the bank violated New York banking law through a variety of illegal activities that disadvantaged customers. Specifically, the government found that from at least 2008 to 2015, Credit Suisse "consistently engaged in unlawful, unsafe and unsound...

British Banking Whistleblowers in the Cross-Hairs

Posted  11/7/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team According to an article in today's New York Times, British banking whistleblowers "are being gagged and risk ending up broke and unemployed" despite whistleblower protections created since the financial crisis. For this reason, there is some movement in England to expand these protections to include an American-styled whistleblower rewards system to address the financial hardships...

Barclays Charged With Fraud

Posted  06/20/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team As reported in the NYTimes, CNN, and other news outlets. Barclays, its former chief executive and three other former senior managers were criminally charged on Tuesday over agreements the bank struck with Qatar as it sought to avoid a government bailout during the 2008 global financial crisis. The executives charged include former CEO John Varley and Roger Jenkins,...

Banamex USA Agrees to Forfeit $97 Million in Connection with Bank Secrecy Act Violations

Posted  05/23/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team As reported in today's New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other news outlets On Monday, Citigroup agreed to pay $97.4 million in a settlement after a long federal investigation into Banamex USA. In exchange, the Justice Department will not file criminal charges against the bank in connection with inadequate oversight of Banamex USA, which is based in California. Even as...

Spanish Court to Question Former HSBC Executives in Tax Probe Triggered by Whistleblower

Posted  05/5/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Spain's High Court is to question seven former executives from HSBC's Swiss private bank as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering and tax fraud triggered by tax information leaks from former employee turned whistleblower Herve Falciani. The court said in a ruling that it had decided to widen the investigation to study the flow of funds from HSBC's Swiss...

Wells Fargo to Claw Back $75 Million From Former Executives

Posted  04/10/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Wells Fargo’s board announced that it would recover an addition $75 million in compensation from former CEO John Stumpf and former head of community banking Carrie Tolstedt. Wells Fargo released a 113 page report in conjunction with the announcement that called the warning signs of the problem involving fake accounts “glaring” and demonstrated a decentralized culture that...

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