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The impact of the UK ECCTA 2023 on bribery cases

The SFO has now the authority to require the submission of information or the production of documents to aid in its investigations, this in conjunction with the introduction of the new “failure to prevent fraud” offence and the corporate criminal liability has significantly…

Transparency International Russia exposes how intermediaries on the dark web are selling ‘money mule’ accounts at crypto-to-fiat payment providers to Russian speakers

The scale of known activity suggests hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of these anonymous accounts are being sold every month.

Transparency International assesses the strength of parliamentary oversight in several jurisdictions

This report provides a summary of key findings from our recent assessment of the strength of oversight mandate, practice and impact of parliaments in Armenia, Cambodia, Colombia, The Gambia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Panama, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

UK Review of Disclosure and Fraud Offences

The Home Office announced that it will conduct an independent review of the criminal disclosure regime and the challenges that arise in fraud investigations (the Review). The Review comes on the heels of the UK government’s broader fraud strategy…

SFO launches criminal investigation into funeral plan provider Safe Hands Plans

Serious Fraud Office opens a criminal investigation into a suspected fraud at Safe Hands Plans Limited and its parent company SHP Capital Holdings Limited after their funeral plan scheme collapsed last year.

United States seeks to forfeit more than $72 million involved in bribery and money scheme

The US filed a civil forfeiture complaint seeking to forfeit more than $72 million involved in a bribery and money laundering scheme centered around Ecuador’s public police pension fund (ISSPOL). As alleged in the complaint, from 2014 through 2020, more than $2.6 million…

GRECO publishes second compliance report on North Macedonia

Follows the fifth evaluation round dealing with preventing corruption and promoting integrity in the central government (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. 

World Bank debars HTC Construction and Advanced Technology Joint Stock Company for misleading bids and obstructing investigators

The World Bank debarred HTC for a period of 41 months, in connection with fraudulent and obstructive practices linked to multiple World Bank-financed projects in Vietnam. HTC misrepresented its financial statements and inflated the values of its past contracts to mislead…

GRECO publishes second compliance report on the Netherlands

GRECO concludes that the Netherlands have satisfactorily implemented seven of the sixteen recommendations contained in the Fifth Round Evaluation Report. Seven recommendations have been partly implemented and two have not been implemented

OECD releases “International Tax and Africa”

The report reflects on the broader tax policy agenda including VAT, tax transparency, tax and crime, digitalisation of tax administrations, and tax and informality.

Moody’s Analytics explores strategies to meet regulatory expectations in AI-Led Anti-Money Laundering

The blog likely provides insights on how organisations can optimize AI technologies to align with regulatory requirements, ensuring a robust and compliant approach to Anti-Money Laundering efforts…

World Bank publishes Sanctions system, Fraud and Corruption Annual Report

This report documents how the offices of the World Bank’s sanctions system worked in FY23 to help ensure that the Banks’s funds are used in a transparent and accountable manner and only for their intended purposes.