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PCAOB dings MaloneBailey $400K over ‘pervasive’ quality control violations

2024-05-23T16:35:00+01:00By

MaloneBailey agreed to pay a $400,000 fine to settle allegations levied by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) over “pervasive” quality control violations.

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Flex says no action by OFAC into possible sanctions violations

2024-05-20T17:48:00+01:00By

Flex disclosed in a public filing the Office of Foreign Assets Control is taking no action into potential sanctions violations the global manufacturer voluntarily self-disclosed in 2019.

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DOJ orders Evoqua to pay $8.5M over admitted securities fraud

2024-05-16T18:52:00+01:00By

Evoqua Water Technologies agreed to pay $8.5 million as part of a nonprosecution agreement with the Department of Justice to settle admitted criminal charges related to fraudulent revenue recognition.

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Insight Global to pay $2.7M over lax security on contact tracing data

2024-05-02T19:03:00+01:00By

Atlanta-based staffing agency In­­­­­­sight Global agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle alleged False Claims Act violations for failing to provide adequate cybersecurity on Covid-19 contract tracing data.

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Wirecard whistleblower laments EU speak-up protection inconsistencies

2024-04-29T11:39:00+01:00By

The European Union’s strong stance on whistleblower protection has been undermined by member states’ wildly different approaches to punishing organizations that fail to safeguard people who raise concerns, says Wirecard whistleblower Pav Gill.

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CW2024 panelists discuss BYOD at center of off-channel comms debate

2024-04-26T14:13:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice’s renewed scrutiny toward a corporation’s approach to the use of personal devices strengthens the case for companies to get away from bring your own device, a panelist at Compliance Week’s 2024 National Conference argued.

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ADM CFO to depart amid accounting probes

2024-04-24T18:42:00+01:00By

Food processing company ADM announced Chief Financial Officer Vikram Luthar, who was placed on administrative leave in January amid a probe into the company’s accounting practices, will resign.

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Change Healthcare cyberattack updates detail massive impact, costs

2024-04-23T21:03:00+01:00By

The massive cyberattack on Change Healthcare has potentially compromised the personal and protected health information of an untold number of Americans, according to parent company UnitedHealth Group.

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June 11 | Compliance programs under scrutiny

2024-04-21T20:37:00+01:00Provided by

Explore government expectations for compliance programs and how companies facing regulatory scrutiny design and implement programs to position themselves for the best possible outcome.

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Proterial Cable America earns DOJ declination in apparent fraud case

2024-04-16T19:30:00+01:00By

Proterial Cable America received a declination notice from the Department of Justice related to its voluntary self-disclosure and remediation of apparent fraud committed by its employees.

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CW2024 keynote tackles fundamentals of fraud detection

2024-04-03T04:34:00+01:00By

“If you want to start to know who’s lying to you, all you got to do is pay attention differently,” advised body language expert Traci Brown during her opening keynote at Compliance Week’s 2024 National Conference.

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​Chemours: DOJ, SEC probing exec accounting misconduct

2024-03-28T14:22:00+00:00By

Chemours disclosed it received requests for information from the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission regarding findings from an internal review into alleged accounting misconduct by several of its top executives.

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Equinix probing short seller accusations amid DOJ scrutiny

2024-03-25T19:48:00+00:00By

Data center owner Equinix disclosed it launched an independent investigation to review matters referenced in a recent short seller report that also caught the attention of the Department of Justice.

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Chapter 4: Investigations into misconduct: What banks can do

2024-03-21T16:00:00+00:00By

Both JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank retained their respective Jeffrey Epstein relationships for too long. Yet, there is a case to be made for why exiting a high-risk relationship too soon can become an inverse form of recklessness.

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Chapter 3: Egregious failures: Customer due diligence and transaction monitoring

2024-03-20T16:00:00+00:00By

Why did JPMorgan Chase retain Jeffrey Epstein for more than a dozen years? How did the relationship persist despite glaring red flags? The “why” is straightforward; the “how” is more complicated.

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Chapter 2: KYC shortfalls: JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank’s onboarding of Epstein

2024-03-19T16:00:00+00:00By

Jeffrey Epstein’s designation as a high-risk client should have subjected him to enhanced due diligence that never appeared to occur, most notably at Deutsche Bank. Instead, Epstein was allowed to continue his misconduct despite numerous red flags.

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Chapter 1: Compliance v. complicity: The ‘underbelly’ of bank culture

2024-03-18T16:00:00+00:00By

Why were decisions made the way they were at the banks that serviced Jeffrey Epstein? Evidence points to a cultural tension: a tug-of-war between the allure of profit and the drag of compliance, with the former having all the pulling power.

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EFG International settles Cuba, blocked persons U.S. sanctions case

2024-03-14T21:46:00+00:00By

Swiss-based global private banking group EFG International agreed to pay more than $3.7 million as part of a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control addressing apparent violations of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and two blocked individuals.

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DOJ joins SEC in probing ADM accounting practices

2024-03-13T18:01:00+00:00By

ADM disclosed the Department of Justice joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in probing the food processing company’s accounting practices.

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Chemours says probe found accounting misconduct by execs

2024-03-08T16:09:00+00:00By

Chemours said an internal review into the actions of senior managers alleged to have engaged in accounting misconduct uncovered violations of the chemicals company’s code of ethics regarding the promotion of full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure.

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CW National 2024 preview: Former Albemarle CCO on FCPA case lessons

2024-03-04T16:17:00+00:00By

Andrew McBride, former chief risk and compliance officer at chemical company Albemarle Corp., joins the Compliance Week podcast with Aaron Nicodemus to preview his session at CW’s National Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Gunvor to pay $661M to settle FCPA violations in Ecuador

2024-03-04T16:12:00+00:00By

Swiss-based oil trader Gunvor will pay more than $661 million as part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving a long-running scheme to bribe officials in Ecuador to secure oil contracts.

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Chemours places senior execs on leave over accounting review

2024-03-04T11:23:00+00:00By

Chemours announced it placed its chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and principal accounting officer on leave pending completion of an internal review into potential material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting.

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ADM delays annual report filing amid ICFR assessment

2024-03-04T11:17:00+00:00By

ADM disclosed it will be late in filing its annual report for 2023 as it continues to investigate potential accounting improprieties regarding its nutrition reporting segment.

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The path to DOJ cooperation credit: Analyzing recent FCPA cases

2024-02-20T14:55:00+00:00By

Recent enforcement actions offer guidance on what the Department of Justice considers to be an “imminent threat” of disclosure or government action, what it means by “prompt” disclosure, and how a company can earn credit for revealing all relevant facts.

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Ex-Sterling Bank GC cited by OCC over BSA-related failures

2024-02-15T21:00:00+00:00By

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a cease-and-desist order against the former general counsel at Sterling Bank and Trust for not ensuring the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act compliance and failing to timely file suspicious activity reports.

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Zoetis says no action from OFAC in Iran sanctions matter

2024-02-14T15:53:00+00:00By

Zoetis, a developer and manufacturer of vaccines and medicines for animals, disclosed it was informed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control that it won’t face enforcement for potential violations of Iran sanctions uncovered during an acquisition integration.

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Experts: SCOTUS ruling shifts onus to employers in whistleblower cases

2024-02-12T21:35:00+00:00By

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to reaffirm whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a case involving UBS has wide ramifications in many other industries beyond financial services, according to legal experts.

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SCOTUS reaffirms whistleblower protections in ruling against UBS

2024-02-09T20:27:00+00:00By

The Supreme Court reaffirmed whistleblower protections guaranteed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a unanimous decision expected to set a precedent that impacts all corporate internal reporting cases.

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Raytheon parent discloses indications of improper payments in Middle East

2024-02-08T19:46:00+00:00By

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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China-based Cloopen Group avoids fine in SEC accounting fraud case

2024-02-07T12:51:00+00:00By

China-based technology company Cloopen Group Holding won’t pay a fine in settling with the Securities and Exchange Commission over an alleged accounting fraud scheme perpetrated by two of its former senior managers.

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Experts: Good data breach response grounded in preparation

2024-02-06T15:24:00+00:00By

Two chief compliance officers and an attorney discussed preparation for the “when, not if” threat of a data breach during a panel at CW’s Cyber Risk & Data Privacy Summit.

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Calavo Growers discloses potential FCPA issues

2024-02-01T15:57:00+00:00By

Multinational produce and agriculture company Calavo Growers disclosed in an annual filing an investigation into its Mexico operations found potential issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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FCPA violations in China: Lessons learned from 2023 cases

2024-01-25T18:01:00+00:00By

Enforcement actions regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at 3M, Albemarle, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Royal Philips each had China touchpoints. Experts assess third-party risk management lessons learned from each case.

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ADM puts CFO on leave pending accounting probe

2024-01-23T18:03:00+00:00By

Food processing company ADM announced Chief Financial Officer Vikram Luthar was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into accounting practices and procedures flagged by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ICBC fined $32M by NYDFS, Fed over compliance lapses

2024-01-19T18:43:00+00:00By

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and its New York branch agreed to pay $32.4 million in penalties levied by two regulators for failing to address compliance failures and for the unauthorized disclosure of confidential supervisory information to an overseas regulator.

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Lessons from Albemarle, ABB: How data-driven compliance can help your firm

2024-01-12T20:32:00+00:00By

Andrew McBride, chief risk officer of Albemarle Corp., and Tapan Debnath, head of integrity, regulatory affairs and data privacy at ABB, discussed how and why their respective organizations use data analytics to conduct business as part of a recent webcast.

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SAP to pay $220M in FCPA settlements

2024-01-10T20:31:00+00:00By

German-based software company SAP agreed to pay more than $220 million as part of resolutions with authorities in the United States and South Africa regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Ex-BP CEO facing up to $41M in losses over colleague relationship dishonesty

2023-12-14T18:23:00+00:00By

The board of British oil and gas giant BP announced its remuneration determinations after finding former CEO Bernard Looney committed “serious misconduct” in his disclosure of personal relationships with company colleagues.

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DOJ sets expectations for SEC cyber incident disclosure delays

2023-12-13T18:04:00+00:00By

Companies won’t have an easy path toward earning additional time from the Department of Justice regarding the disclosure of a material cybersecurity incident to the Securities and Exchange Commission as required under a new rule.

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Five compliance triumphs from 2023

2023-12-13T15:00:00+00:00By

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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FBI guidance: How to earn delay on SEC cyber incident disclosures

2023-12-11T19:29:00+00:00By

Businesses seeking additional time before disclosing to the Securities and Exchange Commission the occurrence of a material cybersecurity incident must be prepared to provide detailed information on the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Tackling off-channel communications? Don’t forget ephemeral messaging

2023-12-11T17:42:00+00:00By

As if creating policies and procedures to handle employee use of off-channel communications is not difficult enough, ephemeral messaging platforms can make it even more difficult to recover messages in transit.

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DOJ cooperation credit breakdowns: Albemarle, Tysers, H.W. Wood

2023-12-04T18:00:00+00:00By

Nicole Argentieri, acting head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, breaks down where Albemarle, Tysers Insurance Brokers, and H.W. Wood went right—and wrong—on the cooperation credit and remediation fronts as part of their FCPA settlements with the agency.

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Lifecore Biomedical earns FCPA declination for voluntary self-disclosure

2023-11-17T18:11:00+00:00By

Pharmaceuticals company Lifecore Biomedical won’t face prosecution for apparent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after satisfying multiple factors of the Department of Justice’s recently updated voluntary self-disclosure policy.

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Crisis management: Know the facts, keep communications clear

2023-11-10T16:00:00+00:00By

A panel of legal experts breaks down how to handle an all-out crisis, from whom to involve, what to disclose to regulators, and how to conduct a proper investigation.

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CFPB: Citi to pay $26M over Armenian American discrimination

2023-11-08T22:05:00+00:00By

Citi agreed to pay $25.9 million in fines and redress as part of a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau addressing allegations the bank discriminated against credit card applicants identified as Armenian American.

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Due diligence in China: Mitigating arrest, detention risks

2023-11-08T14:45:00+00:00By

Lack of transparency around how to remain within the legal bounds of China’s national security laws has heightened companies’ concerns regarding performing on-site due diligence in the country.

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FCA review finds fraud victim support lacking

2023-11-08T14:38:00+00:00By

Payment service providers could do more to support victims of fraud, including through better communication procedures, a review by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority found.

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SEC’s Grewal calls for more self-policing in reflecting on FY23 cases

2023-11-01T16:00:00+00:00By

Businesses must step up their internal policing and do a better job of reporting violations to the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Gurbir Grewal, director of the agency’s Enforcement Division.