A new year has meant some big changes for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including several recent appointments, some new initiatives, and an update to the agency’s enforcement priorities.
CA, an information technology management software and services company, agreed to pay $45 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it made false statements and claims in the negotiation and administration of a General Services Administration contract, the Department of Justice announced.
Amid an investigation over bribery claims involving some of its top executives, Samsung Electronics recently announced a series of measures it intends to take to bring greater transparency and accountability in managing financial donations and monetary support for corporate social responsibility-related activities and funds.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend asked 46 U.S. Attorneys General who served under the Obama administration to immediately—and suddenly—tender their resignations, including Preet Bharara as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara refused to resign, announcing he was fired.
The countdown begins for when the compliance community will soon find out the fate of the Pilot Program initiated last year by the Criminal Division’s Fraud section. Until then, “the program will continue in full force until we reach a final decision on those issues,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco has announced.
Telecommunications company ZTE has agreed to pay a record-high combined civil and criminal penalty of $1.19 billion, pending approval from the courts, for violating U.S. sanctions by sending U.S.-origin items to Iran.