Category: General

Boeing’s 737 MAX Scandal: A Review of Boeing’s Deception of the FAA (Part II of III)

Boeing’s criminal conduct, as described in the settlement papers, centered on two of its 737 MAX Flight Technical Pilots, who deceived the FAA about an important aircraft part called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that impacted the flight control system of the Boeing 737 MAX.  Because of their deception, a critical document published by the FAA lacked information about MCAS, and in turn, airplane...

Ripple Responds to the SEC’s Enforcement Action

Matt Stankiewicz, Managing Counsel at The Volkov Law Group, joins us for updates on the SEC enforcement action against Ripple. Matt can be reached at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com. Following the SEC’s December filing, Ripple Labs, Inc. has now responded and taken its first steps to defend itself against the allegations.  Ripple’s first move was to file FOIA request with the SEC to obtain the information from the...

DOJ and Boeing Settle 737 Max Fraud and Safety Charges for $2.5 Billion (Part I of III)

Boeing’s long and tragic scandal surrounding its 737 MAX safety concerns and FAA disclosure violations has come to an end.  DOJ announced a settlement early this year, on January 7, 2021, which included a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in exchange for total payments of $2.5 billion, consisting of: a $243.6 million criminal penalty, $1.77 billion in compensation to its airline customers, and $500 million...

False Claims Act 2020 Year in Review: The FCA “Has Never Been More Important Than it is Right Now”

Jessica Sanderson, Partner at The Volkov Law Group, joins us for her annual False Claims Act Review. Jessica can be reached at jsanderson@volkovlaw.com. $1.9 trillion dollars of federal spending on the horizon. That’s right, immediately following his inauguration in 2021, President Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the approximately $3.5 trillion of federal government funds...

New Jersey Businessman Pleads Guilty to FCPA Violation

In 2020, the Justice Department  brought criminal charges against 22 individuals in FCPA-related investigations.  While this was a decline from the two preceding years, COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on criminal FCPA prosecutions. In particular, DOJ faced challenges from unavailable grand juries to present evidence needed to bring criminal indictments, and numerous federal courthouses were either closed down or not conducting criminal trials for lengthy...

FinCEN Settles with Capital One for $390 Million for AML Violations

In a harbinger of future enforcement actions surrounding AML compliance program violations, the Treasury Department’s The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced a $390 million settlement with Capital One for weaknesses in its AML program. Capital One was credited $100 million for its 2018 payment to the Office of the Comptroller for AML violations involving its check cashing business unit.  The FinCEN enforcement settlement involved conduct...

Deutsche Bank FCPA and Fraud “Spoofing” Settlement: A Review of Deutsche Bank Conduct (Part II of II)

Deutsche Bank’s ethics and compliance function faces numerous challenges.  Deutsche Bank has a storied record of scandals, government enforcement actions and failures to abide by prior deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs).  When you review these matters, Deutsche Bank’s track record reflects serious culture and control deficiencies, including participation of high-level executives in bribery schemes.  Deutsche Bank’s continuing legal and compliance failures are likely to continue unless...

Deutsche Bank Agrees to Pay $130 Million to Resolve FCPA and Fraud Cases (Part I of II)

Deutsche Bank, the infamous German bank connected to President Trump, settled FCPA and fraud cases with the Justice Department and the SEC, and agreed to pay a total of $130 million.  The settlement included resolution of fraud charges against Deutsche Bank relating to a commodities fraud scheme, commonly referred to as “spoofing.” Under the global resolution, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay: (1) criminal penalties of...

DOJ Files Civil Complaint Against Walmart for Illegal Opioid Distribution

The Justice Department handed Walmart a huge slap in the face last year with the filing of a comprehensive civil case alleging that Walmart knowingly distributed large quantities of opioids in disregard of the law that fueled the national opioids crisis. In a lengthy complaint (160 pages), DOJ outlined Walmart’s serious deficiencies in its compliance program and its unwillingness to spend money needed to prevent...

Sabre Travel Services Settles Data Breach Charges with State Attorneys General for $2.4 Million

Sabre Corporation, the travel technology company, agreed to pay $2.4 million as a settlement with twenty-seven (27) State Attorneys General for a 2017 data breach involving hotel booking services.  In 2017, Sabre suffered a major data breach involving 1.3 million credit cards. Sabre was cited for failing to adhere to state laws governing breach notification and data security in response to a cyberattack against Sabre’s...