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Entries in Forfeiture (51)

Wednesday
Mar302016

Paper: Asset recovery cases against Obiang show weakness in U.S. enforcement regime

A recent paper I published in the Journal of Money Laundering Control looks at a prominent series of cases brought by the United States and France against assets owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and son of the country's president.

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Martin Kenney: Kleptocracy stinks. The DOJ fights back ‘with impact’

It is repellent to read how a tiny African country like Equatorial Guinea has been systematically plundered. For the culprit to be a member of the ruling family only adds weight to the wrong.

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Thursday
Feb182016

VimpelCom reaches $795 million resolution with U.S., Dutch authorities

Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Limited, the world’s sixth-largest telecommunications company, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, Unitel LLC, entered into resolutions with the DOJ, SEC, and Dutch authorities Thursday for paying more than $114 million in bribes to a government official in Uzbekistan between 2006 and 2012.

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Thursday
May072015

Ripple Labs becomes first virtual money exchange fined by FinCEN

Image courtesy of RippleThe Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) fined Silicon Valley star Ripple Labs $700,000 Tuesday for selling its virtual currency without registering with FinCEN and for not having an anti-money laundering program.

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Monday
Dec012014

Feds seize Florida property linked to alleged BSG Guinea bribes

Image courtesy of Global Witness via YouTubeA federal court in Florida last week granted a request by prosecutors to seize three properties and various restaurant equipment from Mamadie Touré.

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Monday
Nov172014

Public Wrongs, Private Actions: Civil Lawsuits to Recover Stolen Assets

With most enforcement pressure bearing down on corporate supply side bribe payers, it is no surprise that the business community feels beleaguered. The fundamental unfairness is of course the impunity with which bribe takers operate, a frequent topic on the FCPA Blog.

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Thursday
Nov132014

China to share fugitives’ assets with countries assisting the ‘fox hunt’

Foreign countries helping China catch corrupt officials who have fled overseas with their illicit gains can share up to 80% of their forfeited assets, said a criminal law expert.

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Thursday
Jul242014

Report: DOJ to settle $70 million forfeiture action with Teddy Obiang 

The DOJ said last week it will settle a corruption-related civil forfeiture action involving more than $70 million in U.S. assets amassed by the son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator.

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Friday
Jun132014

Pssst. Wanna buy some bitcoins? Talk to the U.S. Marshals

The U.S. government is selling bitcoins worth $18 million through an auction later this month.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Alcoa discloses payment terms of $384 million FCPA settlement

Image courtesy of AlbaHere's Alcoa's disclosure from its Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 10 about the FCPA enforcement action that landed 5th on our Top Ten list:

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Tuesday
Sep102013

DOJ launches Magnitsky forfeiture action against NYC property

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Tuesday the United States has filed a civil forfeiture action against the assets of nine companies that own real estate in Manhattan. The complaint targets four luxury residential units and two high-end commercial spaces.

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Tuesday
Jul302013

Ukraine Enacts Sweeping New Anti-Corruption Legislation

Image courtesy of WikipediaUkraine has revamped its anti-corruption laws. The most significant aspect of the new legislation is the introduction (scheduled for September 2014) of corporate criminal liability for companies whose employees offer or pay bribes, directly or indirectly, to public officials or officers of private companies.

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