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From @CrimeADay : 7 USC §7734(a)(1)(B) & 7 CFR §319.73-2(a)(1) make it a federal crime to import unroasted coffee into Hawaii, except for samples.
Behind The Life And Tragic Death Of Potfolio Manager Accused Of Insider Trading (Business Insider) - About a year before Sanjay Valvani's wife found him dead inside his Brooklyn Heights home, the star money manager learned he was under investigation for insider trading. Valvani drove profits at Visium Asset Management, an $8 billion New York hedge fund that had been on the rise. He was insistent about his innocence from the start. He hired one of Wall Street's top defense attorneys and told friends that he'd be fine — that the government could not bring a case against him
Dem Consultant Charged In Bribery Scheme (Courier Journal) - Longtime Democratic activist and political consultant Larry O’Bryan, of Louisville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal crimes that he was a middleman in the political bribery and kickback scheme arranged by Tim Longmeyer while Longmeyer was secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. Federal prosecutors in Lexington outlined the three counts of bribery against O’Bryan in a document called an “information” – a method of charging a defendant who has waived the right to be charged by a grand jury.
Och-Ziff's Sprawling Africa Network Laid Out (Bloomberg) - Hedge fund founder Dan Och overruled his own lawyers and compliance officers when they raised warnings about a potentially corrupt partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Then the firm booked a series of bribes there as investments.
Wells Fargo Workers Say They Were Fired For Reporting Wrongdoing (Reuters) - At least five Wells Fargo employees have sued the bank or filed complaints with regulators alleging that they were fired after reporting the opening of customer accounts without their permission, according to a Reuters review of lawsuits and complaints to the U.S. Labor Department. The suits and complaints, filed between 2010 and 2014, raise questions about how early Wells Fargo knew about such allegations and how it handled them. Wells Fargo was ordered to pay $190 million in fines and restitution this month after regulators said its high-pressure sales environment led to the opening of as many as 2 million customer accounts that customers may not have authorized.
Container Ship Companies Raided Over Suspected Collusion (Maritime Executive) - Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The development comes as global container lines struggle in the worst-ever market conditions, caused by a glut of ships and slowing global trade, which has battered earnings and forced at least one out of business.
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