Article: Bank Julius Baer Agrees to Pay More than $79 Million for Laundering Money in FIFA Scandal

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Bank Julius Baer Agrees to Pay More than $79 Million for Laundering Money in FIFA Scandal

Department of Justice, 27 May 2021

Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. (BJB or the Bank), a Swiss bank with international operations, has admitted today in federal court in Brooklyn that it conspired to launder over $36 million in bribes through the United States to soccer officials with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and other soccer federations, in furtherance of a scheme in which sports marketing companies bribed soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting rights to soccer matches. The proceeding was held before U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen.

The Bank made these admissions and entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the department in connection with a criminal information filed today in the Eastern District of New York charging the Bank with conspiring to commit money laundering. As part of this agreement, the Bank has agreed to pay more than $79 million in penalties (including a fine of $43,320,000 and forfeiture of $36,368,400) to resolve the investigation into its involvement in a money laundering conspiracy that fueled this international soccer bribery scheme. Continue reading “Article: Bank Julius Baer Agrees to Pay More than $79 Million for Laundering Money in FIFA Scandal”

Article: Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy

District of Massachusetts, 24 March 2021

BOSTON – Eight people were charged in federal court in Boston in connection with an investigation into a Boston-based fentanyl and cocaine trafficking and money laundering organization.

According to charging documents, a year-long wiretap investigation revealed that the defendants, who were directly connected to a poly-drug trafficking organization operating in Mexico, were actively distributing fentanyl and cocaine and laundering drug proceeds on behalf of a Mexican organization.

“All eyes have been on the COVID pandemic, but the opioid epidemic continues to kill thousands of people in Massachusetts each year,” said Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell. “Prosecuting drug traffickers who profit off of addiction and desperation is essential to save lives, protect the vulnerable and make communities safer. On behalf of all our federal partners, I would like to acknowledge the exceptional work of the Massachusetts State Police in this case. Their investigative skills and commitment to teamwork made this result possible.” Continue reading “Article: Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy”

Article: Taiwan Regulators Steps Up Scrutiny of Clubhouse App

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Taiwan Regulators Steps Up Scrutiny of Clubhouse App

Ranamita Chakraborty, Regulation Asia, 23 March 2021

The social media app restricts voice recording without the consent of every speaker in a chat room, which may create a loophole for stock manipulators.

Taiwan’s FSC (Financial Supervisory Commission) is reportedly looking into ways to monitor suspected stock market manipulation on Clubhouse, an exclusive invitation-only social networking app based on audio-chat. Continue reading “Article: Taiwan Regulators Steps Up Scrutiny of Clubhouse App”

Analyst: Dr. Yi Chen, Ph.D.

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Dr. Yi Chen is a Managing Director of Equity Research at H.C. Wainwright with expertise in both the biotechnology and the pharmaceutical sectors. Dr. Chen’s research covers investment opportunities in the U.S. healthcare industry. Prior to joining H.C. Wainwright, Dr. Chen worked as an Associate Director of Equity Research at Aegis Capital Corp. and as a Research Associate at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, LLC. Dr. Chen also worked as a Trading Associate at Zhang Capital Management, a New York-based buy-side fund. Prior to that, Dr. Chen was a Research Associate at the City University of New York where his research focused primarily on protein signaling domains utilizing an RNA interference approach.

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Article: “Junk” explains Wall Street corruption better than most newspapers do

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“Junk” explains Wall Street corruption better than most newspapers do

Lucy Komisar

The Komisar Scoop, 1 February 2018

I have been doing investigative journalism about financial and corporate corruption for 20 years. Ayad Akhtar’s play is right on the mark.

It is based on the story of the corrupt junk bond trader Michael Milken. He got confederates to manipulate stocks so he could take over companies to loot and destroy them. It was a scandal of the 1980s. Too bad the market corruption he revealed never stopped.

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