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SEC charges global software company SAP $100 million for FCPA violations

The SEC’s order finds that SAP, whose American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, violated the FCPA by employing third-party intermediaries and consultants from at least December 2014 through January 2022 to pay bribes to government officials to obtain business with public sector customers in the seven countries mentioned above. According to the SEC’s order, SAP inaccurately recorded the bribes as legitimate business expenses in its books and records, despite the fact that certain of the third-party intermediaries could not show that they provided the services for which they had been contracted. The SEC’s order finds that SAP failed to implement sufficient internal accounting controls over the third parties and lacked sufficient entity-level controls over its wholly owned subsidiaries…

Nigerian president suspends humanitarian minister in corruption scandal

Nigeria’s president suspended the country’s minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation with immediate effect over the use of a private bank account for ministry financial transactions in the government’s social welfare program…

TI calls for UNCAC CoSP to review the role and impact of corruption in the land sector

It also calls on Member States to implement targeted measures to combat and address corruption in the land sector, including through enhanced international cooperation among law enforcement agencies and the sharing of knowledge…


Guinea orders legal action over rosewood export fraud

Guinea’s Minister of Justice has ordered legal proceedings against four government officials over an alleged illegal export of hundreds of containers of critically endangered West African rosewood to China. The officials appear to have been involved in issuing fake export…

CFTC orders Freepoint Commodities to pay $91m for fraudulent scheme to misappropriate material non-public information

The fraudulent and deceptive conduct spanned from 2012 to 2018 and involved unlawful misconduct designed to obtain material non-public information from a South American state-owned enterprise in connection with the purchase and sale of fuel oil. The order requires Freepoint to pay more than $91m in civil monetary penalties and disgorgement…

SFO launches investigation into global aviation supplier with dawn raid in London

In collaboration with other agencies, SFO has initiated a criminal investigation into suspected fraud at aircraft parts supplier AOG Technics Ltd, involving raids, arrests, and international regulatory alerts addressing the aviation industry…

SFO secures second conviction of solar panel fraudster

The SFO successfully prosecuted the convicted £17 million solar panel fraudster David Black for the second time, after investigators discovered he was using a different name in business dealings in breach of conditions enacted after his release from prison…

EC First EU Anti-Corruption Directive – to be adopted by EP in Q2 2024

Further to our discussion with EC, it is not ‘IF’ but ‘WHEN’ the EU Anti-Corruption Directive will be passed!

EU agrees rules for corporate sustainability due diligence directive

The new directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, sets obligations for companies to mitigate their negative impact on human rights and the environment such as child labour, slavery, labour exploitation, pollution, deforestation, excessive water consumption or damage to ecosystems.

GI-TOC publishes research report on South Africa’s illicit copper economy

Focuses on the consequences of copper theft and how it affects South Africa’s infrastructure. It also examines the value chain and market for stolen copper and how organised crime has become entrenched in these areas. Finally, the report explores what measures have been taken to combat copper theft and what further measures could be taken in the future.

GRECO calls on the United States to pursue its efforts to promote the integrity of persons entrusted with top executive functions, and as regards the personnel of the FBI

GRECO publishes detailed Fifth Round evaluation of corruption risks in the executive branch of the USA.

World Bank Debars Multi-Tech Consult (PTY) Ltd. and its Managing Director

The World Bank debarred a Botswana-based civil engineering company and its managing director Wednesday for fraudulent practices connected to projects in Zambia and Tanzania. Multi-Tech Consult (PTY) LTD (MTC) is ineligible to participate in projects…