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Jessica Tillipman
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Richard L. Cassin
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Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
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Julie DiMauro
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Thomas Fox
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Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
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Eric Carlson
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Bill Steinman
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Odebrecht’s graft echoes across the hemisphere

Three fund managers and a national government said in SEC filings last week that Odebrecht’s corruption scandal has become a problem and a risk factor for them.

Brazil-based Odebrecht, an engineering and construction giant with world-wide reach, agreed late last year to settle bribery offenses by paying global criminal penalties of at least $2.6… Continue Reading

Aaron Bornstein: Key Lessons of the BOTA Foundation

In my recent previous posts on the BOTA Foundation, I recapped its history and provided what I think were some of the critical factors which led it to be recognized as the most successful example the United States Department of Justice has had to date in returning recovered corruption assets.… Continue Reading

The BOTA Foundation Revisited — Part Two: BOTA – A Quick Recap

The agreement to start the Foundation emerged in 2007 after more than two years of discussion between the Governments of the United States, Switzerland and Kazakhstan (known as “the Parties”) about the disposition of $84 million, plus interest, that had been frozen in a Swiss account since 1999. … Continue Reading

Singapore closes Falcon Bank, arrests local manager for 1MDB-linked offenses

Singapore’s bank regulator Tuesday shut down a second bank for “serious failures in anti-money laundering controls and improper conduct” linked to Malaysia’s 1MDB fund.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said Falcon Bank “demonstrated a persistent and severe lack of understanding of MAS’ AML requirements and expectations.”… Continue Reading

Shah and Grant: How to steal billions

From 2009 to at least 2013, private individuals were allegedly able to siphon off more than $3.5 billion from the wealth fund of Malaysia and go on a high-end luxury shopping spree in several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland for property, museum-quality art and a private jet. … Continue Reading

Julius Baer pays $547 million for U.S. tax scam, two bankers plead guilty

Two former Julius Baer bankers pleaded guilty Thursday and the Swiss bank paid $547 million to settle a criminal case for helping clients cheat on their U.S. taxes.

Daniela Casadei, a Swiss citizen, and Fabio Frazzetto, and Italian, each pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to defraud the IRS, to evade federal income taxes, and to file false federal income tax returns. … Continue Reading