12 SC defendants sentenced for immigration and employment crimes

Betty Q. Hixson

The Department of Justice recently announced convictions in a major undercover operation involving seven construction-related companies in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. After a years-long investigation into the construction industry in the region, 12 defendants have been sentenced for immigration and employment-related crimes. The announcement underscores the significant criminal repercussions […]

Typical Cases of Combating Intellectual Property Infringement Crimes

Betty Q. Hixson

According to 中国警察网, on April 21, 2022, China’s Ministry of Public Security announced “Ten Typical Cases of Combating Intellectual Property Infringement Crimes” (公安部公布打击侵犯知识产权犯罪十起典型案例). Crimes includes selling counterfeit athletic shoes, copyright infringement of various movies including the Chinese blockbuster The Battle at Lake Changjin about the Korean war as viewed from the Chinese side, counterfeit cosmetics, […]

Financial Conduct Authority Enforcement for Finance Crimes

Betty Q. Hixson

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) attempted to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on consumers and the market, enforcement investigations and action slowed.  2021 saw a pledge from the FCA to become more “forward-looking” and “proactive,” coupled with a resurgence in enforcement capacity and activity.  In 2022, firms […]

Treasury’s Study Discusses Financial Crimes and NFTs

Betty Q. Hixson

With the advent of blockchain technology, vendors are increasingly accepting payments of goods, including artwork, with digital currency. The decentralized nature of digital currency makes it attractive for a lot of reasons, but it also makes legal oversight a challenge. Add to that the emerging (or already emerged) high-value market […]

Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Increase Signaled by DOJ

Betty Q. Hixson

Related Practices & Jurisdictions Thursday, January 6, 2022 At a recent conference, the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Todd Kim, delivered remarks strongly signaling an increased focus on prosecuting companies and individuals for environmental crimes, and placing a priority on all other enforcement. The remarks also emphasized two top Biden […]