OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – MAY 30

Panama Covid-19 update – only 1 new fatality reported today, which is good, but 348 new cases are reported. There are now 6,281 active cases, with 51 in ICU and 360 in other wards.

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30 MAY 2021

PANAMA: MORE THAN 300 SMUGGLED FROGS SEIZED

On 29 May, Mi Diario reported that more than 300 tiny poisonous frogs had been seized and Panamanian and 2 foreigners arrested.

https://www.midiario.com/policiales/decomisan-en-panama-oeste-y-cocle-mas-de-300-ranas-que-iban-a-ser-comercializadas-en-el-mercado-negro/

INDIAN-AMERICAN NURSE PRACTITIONER GETS 20 YEARS JAIL FOR $52 MILLION HEALTHCARE FRAUD

On 30 May, The Week reported that an Indian-American nurse practitioner has been sentenced to 20 years in jail and ordered to repay over $52 million in restitution for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme in the US.  Prosecutors said he created fraudulent patient bills by using the provider numbers of 6 physicians as the treating physicians on the claims, even though they did not perform the services.

https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/05/30/indian-american-nurse-practitioner-gets-20-years-jail-for-dollar52-million-healthcare-fraud.html

US BANS SEAFOOD IMPORTS FROM A CHINESE COMPANY, ACCUSING IT OF USING FORCED LABOUR

On 28 May, the Washington Post reported that the US has banned the import of seafood from a fleet of Chinese vessels that it accused of exploiting forced labourers, the latest in a string of similar bans taken against Chinese companies.  The company targeted is Dalian Ocean Fishing Co Ltd.   The US Customs Withhold Release Order (WRO) is the first to target an entire fleet, as opposed to single vessels. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/05/28/chinese-seafood-import-ban/

COMMODITIES FRAUD ENFORCEMENT

On 28 May, a White Paper from Jones Day in the US says that DoJ and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in recent years have worked closely together to target companies and individuals for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and other laws.  The firm says that it expects the agencies to double down on this joint initiative in the years ahead, continuing to pursue commodities fraud cases with even greater focus and intensity.  Accordingly, companies active in the commodities and derivatives markets should understand how these agencies work together and their enforcement priorities.  The White Paper addresses these issues and offers practical tips for companies to take stock of their compliance programs, to help to ensure that they are prepared to deal with the potential for robust civil and criminal commodities fraud enforcement in the years ahead.

https://www.jdsupra.com/post/fileServer.aspx?fName=a4721845-aec3-4553-9e3e-28443c168938.pdf

  

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INDIA SENT PRIVATE JET TO DOMINICA CARRYING CHOKSI DEPORTATION DOCUMENTS

On 30 May, The Hindu reported claims by the Antiguan PM that India sent a private jet to Dominica carrying documents related to the deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi.  Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) case.  Modi is in a London and is contesting his extradition to India.  Choksi took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment programme before fleeing India in January 2018.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-sent-private-jet-to-dominica-carrying-choksi-deportation-documents-antiguan-pm/article34681179.ece

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ZIMBABWE: GOLD SMUGGLING SYNDICATES EXPOSED

On 30 May, Bulawayo 24 News reported that a new report has illustrated the depth of gold smuggling in Zimbabwe, estimating that over 70% of the country’s output has found its way into backdoor international markets.  ‘Illicit Gold Markets in East and Southern Africa’, from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime’s said the 10% to 30% of authorised buyers still selling bullion to the state-run Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) were only doing so to keep their licences.  It is said that about 50% of Zimbabwe’s estimated 1,5 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) have been spiriting away the yellow metal.

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-204360.html

The report is at –

https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/illicit-gold-east-southern-africa/

 

 

 

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