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Case Summary: 

A man has been jailed for almost six years more than six years after a persistent fraud targeted home owners who were at risk of repossession.

Type of conduct: 
Consumer fraud

Case Summary: 

When a bank introduced a scheme under which persons could receive commissions for introducing potential mortgage borrowers who went on to take out a loan, a bank manager saw the opportunity for secret profits.

Type of conduct: 
Bank fraud

Case Summary: 

It has long been the case that, however one defines it, "communities" are represented by physical or psychological boundaries within which members feel safe. But there are those that exploit that sense of safety and target members of that community because of levels of trust. It's all related to the "people like us," syndrome explained in the book Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime. This case is an example of multi-million USD scheme perpetrated in such circumstances.

Type of conduct: 
Ponzi / Pyramid fraud

Case Summary: 

Some lawyers are called "ambulance chasers." In the USA, in medicine, the equivalent function is performed by "Patient Recruiters" and, yes, the US authorities even use capital letters, just like that. The system is ripe for fraud and convictions have been obtained in a case where the loss to the US Medicare system is USD33 million.

Type of conduct: 
Healthcare / Medicare fraud

Case Summary: 

An accountant, assisted by his wife, invited investments into a scheme he operated. But there were no investments only money used for his own purposes, laundered via his wife - and setting up a separate Ponzi-type scheme.

Type of conduct: 
Consumer fraud

Case Summary: 

A joint liquidator of a company "dishonestly redirected" a substantial sum of money from the company's administration account to an account he controlled and then used the money for his own purposes. He has been jailed for seven years.

Type of conduct: 
Fiduciary fraud

Case Summary: 

Two bankers have been jailed for a total of nine years for fixing (technically "manipulating") the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) when the global financial crisis was at its worst. An associate who was previously convicted has been ordered to forfeit, under proceeds of crime legislation, less than 5% of his gain from the fraud.

Type of conduct: 
Other financial crime

Case Summary: 

An accountant of retirement age pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of a total of more than USD27.5 million.

Type of conduct: 
Ponzi / Pyramid fraud

Case Summary: 

A financial adviser recommended a form of investment to clients but instead of using the money in accordance with the agreed plan he used the money for his own purposes and created fictitious records to show purported performance of their investments. He has been sentenced to ten years' jail. Asset freezing orders against the defendant have preserved sufficient to cover all or most of the losses.

Type of conduct: 
Fiduciary fraud

Case Summary: 

A man convicted of conspiracy was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for laundering the proceeds of a violent kidnapping organisation that held two dozen Mexican nationals hostage.

Type of conduct: 
Money Laundering

Case Summary: 

We couldn't pass on the chance to copy and paste the above headline from the USA's FBI media service. The case is about smuggling restricted goods in breach of US sanctions and not about edible nuts.

Type of conduct: 
Sanctions - Breaches

Case Summary: 

An international conspiracy to bribe officials of a government in connection with a substantial contract has resulted in the conviction of a company and several senior staff and officers.

Type of conduct: 
Corruption

Case Summary: 

On the face of it, a conviction for trafficking minors for sex may not seem like a financial crime. However, the proceeds generated by these and other sex-related crimes are subject to attack under money laundering laws, even if the activity takes place in one jurisdiction and the money is laundered in another.

Type of conduct: 
Other financial crime

Case Summary: 

A man who, as he saw it, was demoted exercised unauthorised access to computers at his workplace and deleted important files. Later, after he resigned, he again accessed the company's computers and deleted more files including back-ups held by an independent third party. As a final act, he deleted even more files with a single "wipe" command aimed at a PC at the company's head office.

Type of conduct: 
Computer crime

Case Summary: 

German company Seimens paid many bribes to officials all over the world to secure contracts with governments in a wide range of technology fields including telecommunications (in all its forms), rail and other transport and more. Brought before the US authorities in 2008, it paid what was then the largest ever penalty for payments made in breach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Type of conduct: 
Corruption

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