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Berlin to fine people who flout coronavirus face mask rules 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:20 pm

The local government voted on Tuesday June 23rd to slap €50 fines on people who don't wear a face mask when it is mandatory to do so, such as when travelling on public transport or in shops.
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Fighting Corruption In U.S. Civil Asset Forfeiture

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:17 pm

Civil asset forfeiture is a judicial process through which law enforcement officials seize assets belonging to a person suspected of a crime. To be subject to forfeiture, the assets in question must be either the proceeds of crime or were used to further criminal activity, but in many jurisdictions, civil asset forfeiture does not require a criminal conviction, or even the formal filing of criminal charges, and the typical legal threshold is probable cause that the seized property is connected to criminal activity, rather than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard generally required for a criminal conviction.
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Ecuador Officials To Investigate Corruption In Hospitals 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:16 pm

ECUADOR: At least 50 public hospitals in Ecuador are under investigation after allegations arose that provinces where National Assembly members are from were allocated more supplies to combat COVID-19 than others. A special council made up of Ecuadorian citizens, known as the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control, will be leading the investigation, with 22 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces currently under review. Prosecutors have already presented 27 cases against several hospitals, including dozens of allegations of embezzlement.
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Alleged Shopin ICO Fraudster Pays $450K Fine in Ether

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:12 pm

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged in December 2019 that Eyal, an Israeli national, committed a $42 million initial coin offering fraud, claiming he misappropriated at least $500,000 in investor funds. The SEC’s suit came within days of another filed by the New York Attorney General’s office.
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Aussie cash surfaces in LA corruption scandal

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:04 pm

Los Angeles: A photo of wads of Australian cash stacked inside a car has become key evidence in a massive corruption probe rocking the halls of Los Angeles City Council.
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Prosecutors want 4 years jail, $500K fine for ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 12:02 pm

PARIS -- French prosecutors on Wednesday requested a four-year jail term and a fine of 500,000 euros ($562,000) for Lamine Diack, the former IAAF president standing trial on charges of corruption, money laundering and breach of trust.
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South Africa: Corruption-Accused Magistrate Resigns Before Recommendation That Parliament Fires Her

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:59 am

Hours before the Magistrates Commission would recommend to Parliament to remove a magistrate found guilty of 29 charges related to dishonesty, she resigned.
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Former Mexican state governor pleads guilty in U.S. to money laundering 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:58 am

A former governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila has pleaded guilty to charges that he laundered money to conceal bribes paid to him in return for road-building contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
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Big Tech juggles ethical pledges on facial recognition with corporate interests

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:45 am

Over the course of four days last week, three of America's largest technology companies — IBM, Amazon and Microsoft — announced sweeping restrictions on their sale of facial recognition tools and called for federal regulation amid protests across the United States against police violence and racial profiling.
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Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:43 am

As Latin America emerges as a global hotspot for the ongoing pandemic, we are witnessing a familiar trend. Columbia’s Attorney General has announced that he is investigating fourteen governors and will charge ten mayors for fraud related to COVID-19 contracts. Brazil’s government has launched investigations into more than four hundred emergency purchases made by government in the rush to prepare for the pandemic. Bolivian authorities have just arrested the nation’s health minister.
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Corporate Governance in the Era of Offsite Employees

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:41 am

The pandemic is far from over. Even if it were, the sea change in corporate work forces that COVID-19 has facilitated will forever change how work is done, with more of that work being done from home. This means that corporate governance policies and security risk management strategies and protections must be equally malleable.
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The blurred faces—and ethics—of protest photography

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:39 am

On June 2 hundreds of demonstrators convened in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park as part of the largest civil rights demonstration in world history. There they observed a moment of silence for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other African Americans slain by police. The solemnity was punctuated by an irksome din from overhead.
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How to Keep Ethics Culture Going Remotely

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:36 am

Crystal Jezierski recently left Walmart Inc. as head of its global ethics program, spanning 26 countries and 2.2 million associates. Jezierski joined Walmart in 2018—highly recruited from Baker McKenzie’s Washington, D.C., office. At Baker McKenzie, she was a partner in the firm’s D.C. office, where she specialized in white-collar investigations and corporate compliance. She is a recognized leader in program design and governance issues. Recently, Jezierski spoke at Stanford for its Rock Center for Corporate Governance’s online series (with former LinkedIn GC and Stanford professor Mike Callahan, and LinkedIn’s current head of compliance and integrity, Amyn Thawer).
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South Africa starts first Covid-19 vaccine trial

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 11:36 am

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) vaccinology professor Shabir Madhi has announced the start of the first clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa.
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Duo nabbed in HK$364m money laundering case 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:30 am

The police said they have arrested a jobless man, 32, and female university student, 22, in Tseung Kwan O for money laundering today.
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FMA files anti-money laundering charges against CLSA Premium NZ 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:28 am

The authority claims between April 2015 and November 2018 the firm failed on numerous occasions to conduct proper customer due diligence, to report suspicious transactions and to keep records in accordance with the anti-money laundering laws.
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More gambling licences cancelled as authority seeks to step up anti-money laundering efforts 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:26 am

As it seeks to ensure that Malta-based gambling operations “are not used as a façade for money laundering or terrorist financing,” the number of gambling licences which were cancelled or suspended by the Malta Gaming Authority increased sharply last year.
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Anwar-Mahathir countercoup hits a wall in Malaysia 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:24 am

SINGAPORE – Nearly four months after losing power in a backroom political maneuver, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition’s efforts to reclaim the electoral mandate it won at historic 2018 elections have hit a wall.
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Over $48m distributed to SA banks in Botswana money-laundering case

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:22 am

Afriforum says approximately $48 million was laundered from the Bank of Botswana via international accounts and distributed to banks in South Africa.
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France detains five over alleged Middle East antique trafficking

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:21 am

PARIS: Five people suspected of participating in an antiques smuggling ring exploiting conflict and unrest in Middle Eastern countries to spirit out works for sale in France have been detained for questioning in Paris, a judicial source said Tuesday.
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An action plan for Europe on AML 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:20 am

24 June 2020: The EU Commission has published an action plan that addresses anti-money laundering (AML) and terrorism financing. Insights finds out more from Sophie Wales.
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Police seize $100,000 in drug-covered cash from Richmond casino 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:19 am

Richmond RCMP seized $100,000 cash covered in drug residue from a man hoping to swap it for gaming chips at River Rock Casino and Resort on February 20, according to allegations by the Director of Civil Forfeiture.
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Man (32) jailed for role in cybercrime and money-laundering organisation

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:19 am

A 32-year-old Romanian man has been given a three and a half year prison sentence for his part in a Europe-wide cybercrime and money-laundering organisation.
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Robredo denies report that OVP distributed spoiled food in QC 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:10 am

Robredo reacted to social media posts by calling out the individuals behind it, saying they could be held “criminally liable” for posting “fake news.”
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Cyberattacks plague Covid-19 vaccine race 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:08 am

SYDNEY — High-level cyberattacks on facilities researching Covid-19 vaccines have alarmed Australia and the United States, with defense strategists urging them to confront China, the nation widely believed to be responsible for them.
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Good Cyber Security Starts in The Boardroom but Only Half of Business Leaders are Ready for Cyber Security Threats

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:07 am

LONDON, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The UK's vulnerability to cyber security attacks has again come under the spotlight, with only half of business leaders ready and prepared to counter digital threats they're currently facing – or are likely to confront in the future. This is despite the fact that over half (52%) link strong cyber security capabilities to increased profitability.
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Indiabulls confirms cyberattack, asserts data leaked was non sensitive

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:05 am

Indiabulls Group, a leading Indian conglomerate, was targeted by a cyberattack on June 22, leading to a minor data breach involving non sensitive information. Affected systems have been successfully restored as of today, the company confirmed in an official statement.
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Cyber spies use LinkedIn to hack European defence firms 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:04 am

LONDON (Reuters) - Hackers posed as recruiters working for U.S. defence giants Collins Aerospace and General Dynamics (GD.N) on LinkedIn to break into the networks of military contractors in Europe, cybersecurity researchers said on Wednesday.
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Beware of Tiktok, Zoom, 51 other risky China apps 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 10:02 am

Beware of Tiktok and Zoom, popular among unsuspecting Filipinos. Those and 51 more China mobile apps are recommended for banning in India for excessive extraction of users’ personal data. Indian intelligence agencies are wary of cyber-espionage too. The United States, Germany, and Taiwan have barred or limited their governments’ use of Tiktok and Zoom, among others, for security issues. Obtained data can be employed for malice or cyber-sabotage.
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Hard Numbers: North Korean leaflets — and trash, Arctic heat, hunger in Latin America, German slaughterhouse outbreak

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 24, 2020 09:58 am

12 million: Publishing houses in Pyongyang have printed 12 million propaganda leaflets that, along with cigarette butts and other trash, North Korea plans to drop into South Korea using thousands of balloons. North Korea has apparently revived this Cold War-era tactic in response to a recent surge in the number of defectors to the South.
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