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California's Attorney-General Xavier Becerra is rightly pleased with himself. The United States Supreme Court was set to hear an appeal from the San Diego District Court in the case of Peruta v. California relating to the carrying of firearms in public, in particular concealed weapons. But seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices found that there were no grounds for appeal and dismissed it. The two who dissented included POTUS Trump's appointment, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. The decision is unlikely to be the final word as Peruta and others claim their case is a constitutional matter and they almost never seem to go away, even if they are catatonic for a while.

Case Summary: 

The defendant, an Uzbek national in the USA, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possessing an unregistered destructive device.

Type of conduct: 
Terrorist Support

Editorial Staff

How small is a country? We've seen, over the years, a number of what World Money Laundering Report calls "invented jurisdictions" but can one person be a country, even a country within a country? The so-called "sovereign citizens" movement in the USA says so and the authorities and the courts have been battling against the concept for years. Here's the current state of play.

In 2008, the USA removed North Korea from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. But as relations between KIM Jong Un and the rest of the world reach worrying levels of tension, the USA is getting ever closer to putting it back on the list. What does it mean and why are Malaysian banks exposed to a particularly high level of risk?

New York state is one of a number of US states that now require taxpayers in the state to provide a driving licence or other state (not necessarily NY)-issued identification when taxpayers file returns electronically. Federal tax systems do not have a similar requirement.

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A data breach affecting millions of US taxpayers may result in fraudulent tax returns in this current tax reporting season.

The USA's Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice relating to a spam scam that is prevalent as companies prepare tax information for employees (see US tax authorities warn of increasingly effective phishing spam-scam. It has also issued an explanation of how some fraudsters operate.

The USA's Internal Revenue Service has, for some time, been warning corporations of a spam-scam targeting companies. But now, it says, it has evidence that it is spreading into "school districts, tribal organizations and non-profits." and other sectors. But that's not all: the criminals have found a way of hitting the same targets twice.

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World Money Laundering Report vol 15 no 6 In this issue:
Political Correction, the rise of the centre

Default settings: Suspicion, PEPs and government linked money

Unintended Consequences: the FATF's criticism of the USA demonstrates a shift in power

 

Just last weekend, one of our people received a call late at night. An Indian voice asked him for details of his credit card and for his security question. That call was genuine, from his bank's fraud department, but for an estimated 15,000 US taxpayers, the department calling was all about committing not preventing fraud.

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Ronald S. Calderon, formerly a state senator in California has admitted accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes for performing his official duties. No one sees the irony in the fact that he has mitigated his sentence by entering into a plea agreement with the federal government in return for making a cash payment.

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For too long, those who have a narrow view of how money laundering related matters should be policed and enforced have made ill-informed criticism of Singapore. Primarily originating from the USA's complaint that Singapore does not prosecute enough money laundering offences, the criticism was amplified by the influx of money relocated from, first, Switzerland and then Dubai. Nigel Morris-Cotterill says that the USA should take notice of how Singapore has dealt with BSI Bank.

Editorial Staff

The USA has hundreds of prisoners sentenced to die in jail. But they don't end up on death row and they don't get campaigners petitioning the governor and, equally importantly, within days of being sentenced, the media loses interest in them. This is the story of the USA's oh-so-quietly implemented alternative to the death penalty which is ignored by those arguing for human rights.

Case Summary: 

On 4th January 2016, Hovik Simitian, 48, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. His actions were in concert with others and were examples of a long-running type of fraud that has long afflicted the healthcare system.

Type of conduct: 
Healthcare / Medicare fraud

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