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SFO makes three arrests as part of a new investigation into an alleged £76M fraud involving luxury care homes

Two sites and three arrests made across the south of England as part of a new investigation into an alleged £76 million fraud involving luxury care homes.

ICIJ publishes its 2023 annual report, highlighting a year of growth and capacity building for the organisation

Showcases three main investigations ICIJ was involved with in 2023: Cyprus Confidential, Deforestation Inc., and Trafficking Inc.

SEC announces that Genesis has agreed to pay $21M penalty to settle charges for violating securities laws for its role with the now-defunct Gemini Earn program

Genesis Global Capital, LLC agreed to a final judgment ordering it to pay a $21 million civil penalty and imposing a permanent injunction to settle charges that it engaged in the unregistered offer and sale of securities through a crypto asset lending program known as the Gemini Earn program.

US DoJ charges former finance Director for his role in an alleged scheme to pay over $10M in bribes to foreign officials in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2016, Abraham Cigarroa Cervantes, 51, of Mexico, and others allegedly caused hundreds of bribe payments to be made to government officials in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina to obtain and retain business…

Anti-Corruption Commission confronts Guatemala’s ‘Continuum of Impunity’

Palomo takes charge following years of backsliding on corruption that has seen state-embedded corruption networks cynically dismantle the country’s justice system and plunder state coffers, targeting ministries dealing with infrastructure, public health, and education. Prosecutors linked to corruption networks…

SEC charges 17 individuals in $300m crypto asset Ponzi scheme targeting the Latino community

Scheme targeted more than 40,000 predominantly Latino investors in the U.S. and two other countries. The complaint follows the SEC’s successful emergency action in September 2022 that halted the CryptoFX scheme and charged its two main principals, Mauricio Chavez and Giorgio Benvenuto.

Wilkie Compliance summarises the SEC enforcement top developments from February 2024

In February, recordkeeping and Regulation Best Interest actions continued to pick up steam, while the Supreme Court provided clarification regarding the applicability of whistleblower protections…

TI Switzerland publishes research on incidence of foreign corruption among Swiss companies

The online survey of 539 Swiss companies operating abroad, spanning various sizes and sectors, revealed that 52% face demands for under-the-table payments. Of these, 63% admit making such payments, according to the survey.  More than half of Swiss companies are confronted with claims…

GRECO publishes its Fourth Evaluation Round Interim Compliance Report on Liechtenstein, dealing with corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors

GRECO acknowledges the significant efforts made by the authorities to implement the outstanding recommendations. Specific criteria to
assess the requirement of personal integrity for becoming a public prosecutor have been developed and explanatory comments to complement the Code of Conduct for prosecutors have been made public…

SFO secures conviction of former MoD official for taking £70k in secret kickbacks

Conviction secured against former Ministry of Defence (MoD) official Jeffrey Cook for misconduct in public office, by taking secret payments in exchange for commissioning work from offshore consultants for the MoD.

GRECO calls on Czechia to improve the effectiveness of its system to promote integrity and prevent corruption in government and the police

In its evaluation report, GRECO notes that Czechia has a robust legal framework to combat corruption in respect of top executive functions, but that too little focus is placed on guidance and training, as well as on supervision and enforcement of anti-corruption rules.

US Treasury sanctions Zimbabwe’s President and key actors for corruption and serious human rights abuse

OFAC designated 11 individuals, including Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and three entities for their involvement in corruption or serious human rights abuse pursuant to E.O. 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act…