Bribery and Corruption

Brazil Senator to stand trial for corruption

Senator Aecio Neves, previously a presidential candidate and a former centrist party leader, will stand trial on corruption and obstruction of justice charges over accusations that he took a 2 million reais ($587,000) cash payment from Joesly Batista, the former chairman and chief executive of the world's largest meatpacker. Batista is currently in jail, charged with obstructing justice. Under Brazilian law, only the Supreme Court can try certain senior officials.

Reuters, 17 April 2018

Indonesia proposes limiting cash transactions to combat bribery

Indonesia's government has proposed a law to limit cash transactions to a minimum of 100 million rupiah (£5,113). The head of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) said the draft bill will be assigned legislative priority for 2018. It is hoped the bill will be approved later this year. No details were given regarding enforcement of the law.

Reuters, 18 April 2018

Sanctions

Russia imposes broad sanctions on US and foreign companies in Russia

Draft legislation is being considered that would give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of U.S imports ranging from alcohol to food to medicine. It has been suggested that these measures are in retaliation to measures put in place by the US. The aim of the legislation is to protect Russia's interests against "unfriendly and unlawful acts" by the US and other foreign states.

Reuters, 13 April 2018

UK watchdog blacklists Chinese smartphone maker ZTE

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned UK telecoms providers that there could be a national security risk from using Chinese telecoms giant ZTE's equipment and services. This coincides with a US ban on sales of components to ZTE. In 2017, ZTE was temporarily placed on the SDN list and fined $890m for sanctions violations, namely supplying goods incorporating US components to Iran and North Korea.  ZTE is now accused of lying to the US authorities and not having met the conditions of its settlement with them.  ZTE had agreed to dismiss four senior employees and discipline (and reduce bonuses of) 35 others, but it has transpired that it has not taken any action against those 35 individuals.

BBC, 16 April 2018

Money Laundering

Codes of Practice on Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 search powers published

The Home Office has published guidance on amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 involving the exercise of search powers to recover cash and certain listed assets. These came into force on 16 April 2018.

GOV.UK, 16 April 2018

Fraud

SFO investigation over suspected corruption in Algeria

Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into "suspected corruption in the conduct of business" by Ultra Electronics, the British defence contractor in Algeria which makes military electronics for land, air and sea forces.

Reuters, 19 April 2018

India's Central Bureau for Investigation probing $94.5 million bank fraud

An Indian investigation has been launched against a Delhi pharmaceutical company for allegedly defrauding several banks of 6.21 billion rupees ($94.57m). Federal police conducted searches at seven locations and recovered documents after allegations they have siphoned off funds through group companies.

Reuters, 18 April 2018

Cyber Crime

UK and US issue statement on malicious cyber activity by Russian Government

Homeland Security, FBI and NCSC have released a joint Technical Alert on the worldwide cyber exploitation of networks by state sponsored Russian cyber actors. The targets of the activity are primarily government, private sector companies, infrastructure providers and internet service providers. The cyber actors are using compromised routers to conduct attacks to support espionage and extract intellectual property.

NCSC, 16 April 2018

Financial Regulation

European Commission presents new security proposals

The European Commission has proposed a new set of security measures to deny terrorists and criminals the means and space to commit crime. The proposals seek to allow cross-border access to electronic evidence and financial information using a range of law enforcement authorities. The Commission has also announced other priority initiatives towards creating an effective Security Union. Proposals include ID cards for European citizens and non-EU family members' residence cards, better cooperation between national law enforcement authorities and tightening rules on importing and exporting firearms and explosives.

EUROPA, 17 April 2018

Environmental Crime

Farmer fined £16,000 for nitrate pollution and water abstraction

Edward Fair, a Shropshire farmer was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs after charges were brought by the Environmental Agency under the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008. The Agency found that between 2015 and 2017, Fair was abstracting over 20,000 litres of water a day from a borehole without a license. This water was then being supplied to tenants but Fair had not advised them that it was not fit for consumption due to high nitrate levels.

GOV.UK, 18 April 2018

Health and Safety

Partnership fined for death of employee

19 year old Harry Christian-Allan suffered major injuries and later died in hospital when the tractor and tandem-axle trailer he was using to transport grain struck a bridge in 2014. He was employed by G W Topham & Son, who were found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £67,274.12 costs.

SHP, 18 April 2018