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South Korea Told to Do More to Stop Public Officials From Laundering Bribes

South Korea has significantly improved its legal framework on fighting money-laundering, but it needs to step up efforts to prevent public officials from laundering bribes and to solidify its ability to freeze the assets of persons and entities blacklisted by the United Nations, a global anti-money-laundering watchdog said. The Financial… Read More

Korea’s Ex-President Lee, One-Time Hyundai Chairman, Back In Jail In Scandal Involving Samsung

Lee Myung-bak, as former chairman of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, centerpiece of the Hyundai empire, ran for president of South Korea in 2007 on the promise to reform the economy. Now, he’s back in jail for the second time in a corruption scandal that caught up with him after his… Read More

Prosecutors raid Lime, Shinhan Investment in misselling probe

Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) says nearly half of troubled funds sold through commercial banks Prosecutors on Wednesday raided the headquarters of Lime Asset Management and Shinhan Investment, as part of a probe into alleged misselling of hedge funds that could cause losses of more than 1 trillion won ($845 billion). Read More
4th February 2020
Fallout from the Airbus bribery scandal reverberated around the world on Monday as the head of one of its top buyers temporarily stood down and investigations were launched in countries aggrieved at being dragged into the increasingly political row. Airbus agreed on Friday to pay a record $4 billion in… Read More
3rd February 2020
Airbus SE has long since disbanded the so-called strategy and marketing unit at the center of its record $4 billion bribery settlement, but for years it had quite a heyday. According to documents filed by U.S. prosecutors on Friday, the 150-person team used its $300 million annual budget… Read More
17th December 2019
South Korea’s financial regulator on Monday granted preliminary approval for a new internet-only bank, a move that could further fuel competition with established bigger players and foster the fledgling market. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) gave the initial approval to the consortium led by South Korean fintech firm Viva Republica. Read More
2nd December 2019
A man was arrested in California and accused of traveling to North Korea to deliver a presentation on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology that could help the country evade sanctions, federal prosecutors in New York said Friday. Virgil Griffith, 36, was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after he… Read More
27th November 2019
The call came in while two criminal investigators for the Internal Revenue Service sat at a Bangkok airport gate in July 2017, waiting for a flight. A confidential source they knew from past investigations was offering a tip that a new website was selling child pornography in exchange for bitcoin. Read More
17th October 2019
U.S. and Korean authorities say they broke up one of the world’s largest markets for child pornography, a crime that is proliferating at a furious pace with the rise of cryptocurrency and encrypted online content. The bust was revealed Wednesday as the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Jong Woo Son,… Read More
30th September 2019
Barclays PLC has agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle charges from the U.S. securities regulator it violated bribery laws by hiring the children and relatives of high-ranking decision makers to win business. The case involves the London bank’s hiring practices in Asia. From at least April 2009… Read More
17th September 2019
A court issued an arrest warrant for the nephew of scandal-struck Justice Minister Cho Kuk on Monday night as part of a widening probe into corruption allegations surrounding the minister’s family. Judge Im Min-sung of the Seoul Central District Court issued the warrant, saying the suspect’s detention was needed to… Read More
2nd September 2019
AP — About 1 1/2 year after being released from jail, Samsung’s de facto chief Lee Jae-yong will face a retrial on corruption charges, a key part of the explosive 2016 scandal that prompted months of street rallies and toppled South Korea’s president. The retrial at the Seoul High Court was… Read More
17th July 2019
The Mercedes-Benz limousines seen chauffeuring around North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year have stumped outsiders over how the sanctions-hit regime obtained the luxury rides. But researchers now believe they have unearthed the Kim regime’s smuggling secret: It takes three cargo jets, about four months and five countries. A… Read More