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Samsung heir faces fraud fresh charges over 2015 merger

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong is facing fresh charges of over his role in a 2015 merger deal at the tech giant. South Korean prosecutors accused Lee, 52, of using stock and accounting fraud to try to gain control of the Samsung Group – claims Mr Lee denies. In 2017, Lee… Read More

North Korean hackers use LinkedIn for cryptocurrency heist, report reveals

Hackers linked to North Korea have used LinkedIn as part of a major heist to steal cryptocurrency, new research has revealed. The notorious Lazarus Group, which was behind the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony, carried out an attack against a cryptocurrency organisation using a tailored job advert posted… Read More

Report: More than 60 countries violated sanctions with North Korea last year

Sixty-two countries violated United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea over a one-year period, according to a report from a Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Institute for Science and International Security report, released Wednesday, cites over 250 alleged violations from February 2019 to February 2020 based on… Read More
26th June 2020
Novartis AG and a former subsidiary of the Swiss drugmaker agreed to pay a combined $347 million to resolve allegations that the companies ran schemes to bribe public hospitals and clinics in Greece, Vietnam and South Korea, U.S. authorities said Thursday. The settlements with Novartis and its former… Read More
12th June 2020
One of South Korea’s largest engineering firms, SK Engineering and Construction, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in obtaining a construction contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. Army, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. SK received a contract in 2008 at Camp Humphreys, the… Read More
8th June 2020
Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and the de facto leader of the Samsung Group conglomerate, may soon find himself back in jail. Prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant against Lee, known as Jay Y. Lee in the West, arguing that he should be detained while they investigate new allegations… Read More
8th June 2020
AP — An Alaska man accused of laundering $1 billion held in South Korea for Iran funneled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates, U.S. federal court documents released early Thursday show. The court documents, filed as part of a U.S. asset seizure effort, shed further light on… Read More
20th April 2020
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
21st February 2020
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
20th February 2020
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