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Putting a Stop to Illegal Imports from Forced Uyghur Labor

Posted  09/18/20
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The world has watched in horror as, starting in 2018, up to two million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been arrested, relocated, or otherwise forced into internment centers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.  The government of the People’s Republic of China has separated thousands of Uyghur children from parents, forced methods of control on women, and inflicted physical and psychological...

Catch of the Week: DOJ Charges North Korean and Malaysian Nationals for Bank Fraud, Money Laundering and Sanctions Violations

Posted  09/11/20
A list titled "SANCTIONS LIST"
The Department of Justice announced a criminal complaint charging Ri Jong Chol, Ri Yu Gyong, North Korean nationals, and Gan Chee Lim, a Malaysia national, for conspiracy to violate North Korean Sanctions Regulations, bank fraud, and conspiracy to launder funds.  The DOJ said defendants allegedly established and utilized front companies that transmitted U.S. dollar wires through the United States to purchase...

Catch of the Week: Interactive Brokers Pays $38 Million for Failures in Money-Laundering and Supervision

Posted  08/14/20
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Brokerage firm Interactive Brokers LLC will pay $38 million in penalties to settle charges from multiple U.S. market regulators regarding its anti-money laundering practices, including alleged failures to file suspicious activity reports (SARs).  The discount broker has paid an $11.5 million penalty to settle charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the deficiencies in its internal controls that...

August 10, 2020

Greenwich, Connecticut-based brokerage firm Interactive Brokers LLC will pay fines and disgorgement totaling $23.7 million to the SEC and CFTC, as well as a $15 million penalty to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), to resolve allegations related to the firm's anti-money laundering policies.  The SEC penalty of $11.5 million resolves charges that over the course of one year the brokerage failed to file more than 150 Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) for U.S. microcap securities trades it executed on behalf of its customers.  The SEC order finds that defendant failed to recognize red flags concerning transactions, failed to properly investigate suspicious activity, and failed to file SARs even when suspicious transactions were flagged by compliance personnel. The $11.5 CFTC penalty, together with over $700,000 in restitution, resolves charges including that the firm, which is a registered futures commission merchant, failed to detect and report suspicious transactions, including in its handling of the accounts of Haena ParkSEC; CFTC

August 7, 2020

A Canadian member of a large international fraud and money laundering ring has been sentenced to over 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $14.5 million in restitution for his role in defrauding victims from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Asia.  From at least 2014 to 2019, Brooks Thomas Nesbitt set up and operated “boiler rooms” to defraud victims using high-pressure sales of worthless investments.  Nesbitt then contracted with fellow fraudsters Mary Kathryn Marr and Michel Marc Chateau to launder the funds through funnel bank accounts, many of which were located in Florida and other states.  USAO MDFL

COVID Fraud of the Week: Washington State Man Charged with Attempting to Launder COVID-19 Relief Money

Posted  07/24/20
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On July 23rd, the Department of Justice announced that Mukund Mohan, a Washington state tech company executive, was taken into custody for allegedly laundering money he fraudulently received through the COVID-19 related Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). After receiving funds through the program, Mohan allegedly transferred over $230,000 to his personal brokerage account. These charges mark another instance of...

July 10, 2020

A 70-year-old man in North Carolina who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a $22 million Ponzi scheme through his company, Oodles Inc., has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $17 million in restitution.  Hal H. Brown Jr. singlehandedly defrauded at least 60 victims—including family, friends, neighbors, and fellow church members—by falsely representing that Oodles owned hundreds of millions of dollars in rights to religious-themed family shows and movies.  To bolster his claims, Brown developed marketing material, falsified bank statements and company agreements, and impersonated employees of media companies.  USAO WDNC

July 7, 2020

After being found guilty of eighteen fraud-related felonies, Todd Michael Ficeto, a former Beverly Hills stockbroker, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $216 million in restitution to investor victims for his role in a massive penny stock fraud scheme.  From 2004 to 2007, Ficeto and co-conspirators fraudulently manipulated penny stocks to exaggerate the reported profits of a co-conspirator’s hedge fund, Absolute Funds.  When the scheme unraveled, Ficeto attempted to conceal the fraud by lying to investigators from the Securities Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  One of his alleged co-conspirators—hedge fund owner Florian Wilhelm Jürgen Homm—has fled to Germany as a fugitive from justice.  USAO CDCA

July 7, 2020

Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Company America will pay a $150 million penalty to New York in a settlement with the State’s Department of Financial Services resolving charges that the bank failed to adequately monitor the activity of its customer Jeffrey Epstein and failed to adequately monitor its international corresponding banking relationships with Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Bank.  In the case of Epstein, Deutsche Bank processed hundreds of transactions totaling millions of dollars that allegedly should have prompted additional scrutiny.  In the case of Danske Bank and FBME, Deutsche Bank was alleged to have been put on notice that those foreign banks were engaged in money laundering but, despite assigning the highest risk ratings to those institutions, failed to take appropriate actions to prevent the processing of suspicious transactions by those banks through Deutsche Bank accounts.  NY

Project Proposes Legislative Action to Protect and Incentivize AML Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
By Michael Ronickher
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Offshore Alert and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists were joined by Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Lawyers Poppy Alexander, Eric Havian, and Michael Ronickher in developing a proposal to enact legislation that would create statutory incentives and protections for whistleblowers with information about money laundering. The proposal, unveiled on May 25, 2020, was developed in response to a...
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