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The USA's Internal Revenue Service and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have announced that a small subset of individuals with only signature authority required to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) will receive a one-year extension beyond the previously notified filing date of 30 June, 2011.

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Three people have been arrested, and cash, goods and items used in the commission of offences seized in Hong Kong as police investigate a rapid-fire ATM scam involving data written to mag stripe cards and used in just two ATMs over a two week period.

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Today is the 17th May. It's Tuesday. But in the USA, even on the East Coast, it's still Monday evening. That makes the deluge of enforcement announcements that the SEC has issued in the past few hours all the more impressive. Less impressive is that some related to action more than a week ago, and in some cases in February 2011 which renders them of less value for due diligence purposes where freezing orders have been obtained.

The Philippines Central Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, says that is has seen continued growth in remittances from Filipino workers overseas as the effects of the global financial crisis are factored out - but in March, the rate of growth was slower than in February.

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When a private investigator approached a "friend" who worked in a bank and asked for information relating to the accounts of a politician, the clerk was willing to help. She says she thought she was helping the police when "Ramesh" asked for the information. It's the first prosecution of its kind in Malaysia.

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Canada is a wonderfully peaceful place - most of the time. But outlaw motorcycle gangs and widespread cannabis cultivation are omnipresent threats. No one expected to find similar problems in New Zealand - until yesterday.

As off-site storage of hard copies becomes more common - as does outsourcing of document destruction - the question of liability for loss and / or security breaches becomes ever more important. A US insurance company has designed a policy specifically for that industry.

Desiree Brown, the former treasurer of a private mortgage lending company, Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW), has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bank, wire and securities fraud for her role in a more than USD1,900 million fraud scheme that contributed to the failures of Colonial Bank and TBW.

Authorities in the UK and Switzerland are taking steps to freeze bank accounts and other assets owned or controlled by or connected to Libya's Colonel Gadhafi, his relatives and associates.

The USA's Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously voted to approve new rules to significantly curtail "pay to play" practices by investment advisers. Why not call it what it is - corruption?

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When Malaysia's Securities Commission imposed conditions on the activities of SJ Asset Management, an unrelated company, SJ Securities began to get calls from worried clients.

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On Friday 15th April 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission was heavily criticised by the Office of the Inspector General. That day the SEC announced "fraud charges" against Goldman Sachs, sending markets reeling but diverting attention from the OIG report. Schapiro appeared before the House Subcommittee the following Monday, in part to rebut the OIG's findings. That the news agenda continued to be taken up with the Goldman's action and paid little or no attention to her appearance before the subcommittee's Appropriations Committee (applying for funding for the SEC) demonstrates the...

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It really would be helpful if the USA would stop inventing new uses for existing terms: they did it with "billion" and "Orient," they get "protest" wrong and they really, really, really don't have a grip on "terrorism." But despite that, their warnings about "sovereign citizens" should not be ignored and financial institutions are in the front line.

"This case is a good example of how disregarding reporting and compliance can turn into a crime" : New Jersey District Attorney's Office. But still the USA fails, even in the most blatant cases, to prosecute a bank for money laundering.

New Zealand's Securities Commission is to issue civil proceedings against Nuplex Industries Limited and several present and former directors in the SC's first "continuous disclosure" case and papers are being filed at The High Court in Wellington this morning. The company is dual-listed in NZ and Australia.

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