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Financial Crimes 2024 Axelrod


BIS’s Axelrod makes plea to financial services: ‘We want to work with you’


Matthew Axelrod, assistant secretary for export enforcement at the Bureau of Industry and Security, addressed efforts to reach financial services firms, working with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and more during his fireside chat at CW’s Financial Crimes Summit.

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Panelists break down robust sanctions landscape at TPRM Summit


Sanctions compliance officers face myriad challenges as complex geopolitical situations heighten risks worldwide, experts discussed during Compliance Week’s Third-Party Risk Management & Oversight Summit.


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Airbus U.S. unit dinged by BIS for antiboycott violations


Satellite communications company Airbus DS Government Solutions received a reduced penalty from the Bureau of Industry and Security for admitting self-disclosed violations of antiboycott regulations.

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FinCEN warns financial institutions on Iran-backed terrorist organizations


The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network advised financial institutions in detecting illicit transactions related to Iran-backed terrorist organizations.

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OFAC fines SCG Chemicals unit $20M over Iran sanctions violations


A subsidiary of Thailand-based SCG Chemicals Co. agreed to pay a $20 million fine to the Office of Foreign Assets Control over “egregious” violations of sanctions against Iran.


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OFAC sanctions Israeli entities funding West Bank settler violence


The Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two Israeli entities for establishing fundraising campaigns for extremists fomenting violence in the West Bank.


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Treasury kicks off new wave of Iran sanctions


The Treasury Department announced new sanctions against Iran, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen promising “further actions in the days and weeks ahead” following the Middle East nation’s attack on Israel.


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Ford to pay $365M in DOJ deal for evading customs tariffs


Ford Motor Co. agreed to pay $365 million to settle charges levied by the Department of Justice that the automaker purposefully dodged import duties for years by mislabeling and undervaluing hundreds of thousands of cargo vans it brought into the United States from Turkey.


OKX adds chief legal officer to Turkey board


OKX, a Web3 technology company and cryptocurrency exchange, announced Chief Legal Officer Mauricio Beugelmans was appointed as a member of the OKX Turkey board.

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FATF adds Kenya, Namibia to AML/CFT watchlist; UAE, Uganda removed


Kenya was one of two African countries included in the Financial Action Task Force’s latest update to its list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring for money laundering and terrorist financing, while the United Arab Emirates was among four countries removed.


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Raytheon parent discloses indications of improper payments in Middle East


RTX Corp., parent company of aerospace and defense giant Raytheon, disclosed an internal investigation launched into potential improper payments in connection with contracts in the Middle East found indications of misconduct.


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FinCEN alert flags Israeli extremists fomenting violence in West Bank


The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an alert addressing the financing of Israeli extremist settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.


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Treasury cites Iraqi bank, owner over terrorist financing concerns


Al-Huda Bank faces severance from the U.S. financial system for being a conduit of terrorist financing, according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, while its owner, Hamad al-Moussawi, was sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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SEC fines UAE-based Brooge Energy $5M in fraud case


Brooge Energy agreed to pay $5 million in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission resolving fraud charges related to a scheme to inflate revenues.

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Five compliance triumphs from 2023


A financial services giant’s compliance mea culpa that could serve to benefit the rest of the profession, a chemical company’s praised FCPA settlement, and an example of the value of whistleblowers highlight CW’s annual list of laudable ethics and compliance moments.


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OFAC: Nasdaq to pay $4M over ex-subsidiary’s Iran sanctions lapses


Nasdaq agreed to pay more than $4 million as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control addressing apparent Iran sanctions violations at the stock exchange operator’s former Armenian subsidiary.


Pure Harvest names chief sustainability officer


Agribusiness Pure Harvest Smart Farms appointed Josef Schmidhuber as chief sustainability officer.


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DaVinci Payments to pay $206K over OFAC sanctions lapses


DaVinci Payments, a financial services firm which manages prepaid reward card programs, agreed to pay approximately $206,000 as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control addressing alleged sanctions violations across four countries.


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OFAC sanctions more investment entities linked to Hamas


The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed a second round of sanctions on investment entities believed to be funding the terrorist organization Hamas.


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FinCEN alert flags Hamas terrorist financing indicators


The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an alert warning financial institutions to be vigilant toward identifying funding streams supporting Hamas in its attacks against Israel.


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UAE joins pact with U.S. on cybersecurity cooperation


The United States and United Arab Emirates finalized an agreement to work together to safeguard the financial sector from cyberattacks.


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Albemarle to pay $218M in FCPA settlements with DOJ, SEC


Chemical company Albemarle was assessed penalties totaling more than $218 million as part of settlements with the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission addressing alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act across a handful of foreign countries.


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3M to pay $9.6M over Iran sanctions lapses


The Office of Foreign Assets Control ordered multinational conglomerate 3M to pay more than $9.6 million over apparent Iran sanctions violations by its subsidiary and a U.S. employee of a separate subsidiary.

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Emigrant Bank to pay $32K in Iran sanctions case


New York-based Emigrant Bank agreed to pay nearly $32,000 as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control addressing apparent sanctions violations regarding an account it maintained for a pair of Iranian residents.

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New OFAC sanctions expand clamps on Russia tech supply chain


The Office of Foreign Assets Control widened its area of focus to disrupt Russia’s technology supply chain with new sanctions announced against entities in Finland and Turkey.

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FinCEN analysis: Trends in Russia export control evasion attempts


Analysis of suspicious activity reports by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network indicates nearly $1 billion in suspicious activity in cases of suspected evasion of Russia-related export controls.

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Greek shipper fined $2.5M in Iranian oil smuggling case


Empire Navigation pleaded guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by carrying nearly 1 million barrels of Iranian oil from the sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to another country.

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Whistleblower goes above, beyond in Construction Specialties OFAC case


The impact of “see something, say something” was on display as part of Construction Specialties’ settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control for apparent Iran sanctions violations.


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Construction Specialties to pay $660K in Iran sanctions case


Construction Specialties agreed to pay more than $660,000 in a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control regarding three apparent sanctions violations in Iran carried out by “rogue employees” of its Middle Eastern affiliate.

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Neogen discloses avoided OFAC fine in Iran sanctions probe


Neogen Corp. disclosed the Office of Foreign Assets Control concluded a probe into potential sanctions violations regarding transactions by the food and animal safety company with parties in Iran without issuing a fine.


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Short seller accuses Freedom Holding Corp. of ‘brazen’ sanctions evasion


Freedom Holding Corp. was accused of “brazen sanctions evasion,” along with openly flouting anti-money laundering and know your customer regulations, as part of an investigative report published by short seller Hindenburg Research.

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CCPA first state privacy law deemed adequate by Dubai financial hub


The Dubai International Financial Centre announced the California Consumer Privacy Act passes muster, allowing compliant California businesses to be the first permitted to transfer data with the DIFC without additional contractual measures.



KPMG survey: ESG-related concerns in M&A derailing deals


Material findings related to environmental, social, and governance due diligence have disrupted mergers and acquisitions, forcing companies in the United States and abroad to back out of deals, according to a study from KPMG.


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Dubai financial regulator fines Mirabaud unit $3M for weak AML controls


A Middle Eastern unit of international banking group Mirabaud was ordered to pay a $3 million fine for inadequate anti-money laundering controls by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

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UAE approves plan to establish AML prosecutor


The United Arab Emirates has moved forward with plans to establish federal prosecution entities specializing in economic crimes and money laundering.



Common sanctions compliance trip points from 2023 enforcement cases


Penalties against companies including British American Tobacco, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft demonstrate the multiple ways in which businesses can run afoul of U.S. sanctions—an area receiving increased scrutiny by regulators.


Rapyd names chief compliance officer


Fintech company Rapyd announced the appointment of Shlomit Wagman as global chief regulation and compliance officer.



Kroll survey: Firms rapidly adopting AI tools for financial crime compliance


A new survey of senior leaders and risk professionals from around the world found more than half the respondents have turned to artificial intelligence technology to address a perceived rise in financial crime risks, although most solutions are still rather new.


Monday.com promotes general counsel to chief people and legal officer


Software developer monday.com announced the promotion of General Counsel Shiran Nawi to chief people and legal officer.

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U.S. reinvigorates anti-Russia push with new sanctions, guidance


The United States once again ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in an attempt to further choke off the funds and military supplies the country is using in its war against Ukraine.


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Murad to pay $3.3M for ‘egregious’ Iran sanctions lapses


California-based cosmetics company Murad, a subsidiary of Unilever, agreed to pay $3.3 million as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control addressing apparent Iran sanctions violations over an eight-year period.


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Crypto exchange Poloniex to pay $7.6M in OFAC sanctions case


Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex agreed to pay nearly $7.6 million as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control for engaging with more than 200 customers across a handful of sanctioned regions.

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Business orgs fined $84K by DOJ over sanctioned Iran dealings


Taiwan-based DES International Co. and Brunei-based Soltech Industry Co. each agreed to pay fines of $83,769 after pleading guilty to Department of Justice charges of conspiring to violate U.S. export laws and sanctions by sending U.S.-origin goods to Iran.



Ericsson’s sordid affair with DOJ raises questions on DPAs, transparency


A critical examination of Ericsson’s 2019 deferred prosecution agreement and the Department of Justice’s determination the company breached the agreement raises questions regarding the overall lack of accountability in the corruption scheme.


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Microsoft to pay $3.3M to settle sanctions, export control violations


Microsoft will pay more than $3.3 million to settle charges from the Office of Foreign Assets Control and Bureau of Industry and Security its subsidiaries violated sanctions laws and export controls across their dealings in four sanctioned countries and Ukraine’s Crimea region.

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Uphold HQ fined $72K in OFAC sanctions case


Uphold HQ will pay $72,230 to settle charges levied by the Office of Foreign Assets Control that it processed sanctioned transactions for persons in Iran and Cuba and government employees in Venezuela.

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Wells Fargo fined $98M for facilitating sanctions violations in Iran, Syria, Sudan


Wells Fargo will pay nearly $98 million to settle charges a subsidiary facilitated more than $532 million worth of prohibited transactions in violation of sanctions against Iran, Syria, and Sudan.


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Ericsson to pay $207M for breaches of 2019 DPA over FCPA violations


Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson agreed to pay nearly $207 million following two breaches of its 2019 deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. authorities.

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J&J unit to pay $9.75M to settle kickback suit


A Johnson & Johnson medical device subsidiary admitted to providing thousands of dollars in equipment as kickbacks to an orthopedic surgeon as part of a $9.75 million settlement reached with the Department of Justice.


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Danfoss to pay $4.4M in OFAC sanctions settlement


Danish manufacturer Danfoss agreed to pay nearly $4.4 million to settle allegations a subsidiary violated U.S. sanctions by running payments from customers based in Iran, Sudan, and Syria through the foreign branch of a U.S. financial institution.