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The New ENABLERS Act May Be a Backdoor Way to Expand the Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Program

Posted  10/14/21
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Hundred dollars bills pinned to clothes line
In The Hill this week, I argue that the newly proposed ENABLERS Act is a lot more powerful than even its authors seem to realize.  The proposed law would effectively expand the Bank Secrecy Act to apply the same reporting requirements currently imposed on banks to all sorts of actors who enable (get it?) money laundering: lawyers, investment advisers, accountants, art dealers, public relations firms, and the like. ...

Pandora Papers Show the Value of Financial Transparency, the Critical Role of Whistleblowers – and the Need for Additional Regulation

Posted  10/8/21
This week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners began publicly reporting on the “Pandora Papers,” a trove of millions of leaked documents from firms around the world that help customers set up “offshore” accounts and shell companies designed to conceal financial truths.  The leaked documents, and the extensive reporting on the documents, sheds light on the murky world of...

Whistleblower Reveals Facebook’s Lies: Will the SEC or Congress Act to Curtail Threats to Democracy and Teens from Social Media?

Posted  10/1/21
Modern mobile devices
For anyone who cares about the future of liberal democracy, improving the mental health and well-being of children, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, or stopping drug cartels and human trafficking, the recent series in The Wall Street Journal titled “The Facebook Files” is a must-read.  Based on a trove of internal documents shared by a Facebook whistleblower, as well as interviews with numerous current and former...

A Billion in the Bank and Still No End In Sight For SEC’s Warm Embrace of Whistleblowers

Posted  10/1/21
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It has been only two weeks since the SEC passed the billion dollar mark in whistleblower awards under the agency's Whistleblower Program.  By all accounts, there will be no end to the cavalcade of awards that brought us to this landmark event. Starting with the whistleblower payout that brought the total awards tally past the 10-figure threshold.  It was a blockbuster $110 million award, the second largest to...

Catch of the Week: In hot water again, now for fleecing customers in foreign currency transactions, Wells Fargo pays $72m in fines and restitution

Posted  09/29/21
Wells Fargo Bank Banners on Side of Building
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice settled an important case in which Wells Fargo Bank agreed to pay over $70 million in penalties and restitution to defrauded bank customers. Wells Fargo admitted that it defrauded 771 customers, mostly small businesses, who used the bank’s foreign exchange services when they needed to send money overseas or receive money from abroad. Rather than charging standard fees for...

September 29, 2021

Société Générale S.A. has been ordered to pay a $1.5 million civil monetary penalty for its failure to comply with certain swap dealer requirements, reporting inaccurate swap valuation data, and other failures.  The alleged failures occurred between 2013 and 2021 and involved failing to disclose pre-trade or mid-market marks, failing to accurately report certain swap valuation data, and failing to maintain adequate supervision over mid-market mark disclosures.  CFTC

September 28, 2021

Payward Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Kraken has been ordered to pay a $1.25 million civil monetary penalty for violating the Commodity Exchange Act.  According to the CFTC, for a year ending in July 2021, Kraken illegally offered commodity transactions in retail assets, despite failing to register as a futures commission merchant.  CFTC

September 24, 2021

London-based advertising company WPP plc, which has ADRs registered in the US, will pay $19 million in disgorgement, interest, and penalties to resolve allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The SEC charged that WPP acquired advertising agencies in high-risk markets and failed to insure that these subsidiaries implemented appropriate internal controls or respond to repeated warning signs and internal complaints about activities including payments to government officials in India, China, Brazil, and Peru.  SEC

September 24, 2021

An anonymous whistleblower received an award of $36 million from the SEC.  The SEC found that the individual provided information that significantly contributed to a previously-opened SEC investigation and recoveries by the SEC and another agency.  The SEC found that the individual had unreasonably delayed in reporting the conduct, and had participated in the underlying scheme, although they did not direct, plan, or initiate it.  Two other claimants were denied any recoveries on the grounds that the information they provided did not significantly contribute to the recoveries in the covered action or related action.  SEC
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