Monthly Archives: August 2013

U.S. criminal laws don’t apply to conduct abroad: 2nd Circuit — On the Case

Attention, American fraudsters! If you restrict your criminal activities to conduct outside of the United States, you’re safe from prosecution under U.S. laws. That’s not exactly how a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals worded its decision Friday in U.S. v. Alberto Vilar and Gary Tanaka, but it’s the effective result of the appellate court’s finding that…

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Award Money Begins to Flow to Three Whistleblowers in Locust Offshore Hedge Fund Case – Compliance Week

In June 2013, the SEC announced that it had issued a whistleblower award to three whistleblowers in its Locust Offshore Management LLC case–but with no money at that time because the SEC had yet to collect anything. Today, the agency stated that it had awarded the three whistleblowers a total of $25,000, with another $100,000 likely to follow. via Award…

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China’s Everbright Gets Record Penalty After Insider Trading – Bloomberg

China’s securities regulator imposed a record penalty on Everbright Securities Co. (601788) after finding the state-controlled broker engaged in insider trading as it roiled the nation’s equity markets with errant trades two weeks ago. Fines and the confiscation of illicit gains will total 523 million yuan ($85 million), the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a statement on its website…

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Send in the Clowns: the NCAA and its Investigation of Johnny Football — FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog

Why is this story important for the compliance practitioner? Because if you are charged with compliance, but are so incompetent that you cannot even investigate allegations laid down before you, you seriously need to get out of the compliance business…. The bottom line is that your compliance program must be credible. You must treat people fairly and be consistent in…

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U.S. Attorney Who Launched Novel Va. Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force to Step Down – Compliance Week

Neil H. MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced last week that he will be stepping down next month. In June 2010, MacBride made news when his district launched a novel financial fraud Task Force that asserted jurisdiction over most securities fraud because the SEC’s EDGAR database is physically housed in Alexandria, Va. via U.S. Attorney…

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