The reprographics industry is continually pushing for better quality imaging at a lower price, with rapid adoption of new inks, papers and printing methods. Robert Stokes reports on how forensic document science is innovating to keep pace.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) appears to be gearing-up enforcement of the Bribery Act, says Phil Beckett of Proven Legal Technologies, warning companies that if they fail to prevent financial crime, they could face large fines, official blacklisting from European contracts, and deferred prosecution agreements. Against this backdrop, and with renewed political interest in the form of a wide-ranging review of the UK’s ability to tackle bribery and white-collar crime, it would be wise for companies to examine this area more closely.
GlaxoSmithKline, the UK pharmaceuticals group, was fined £297m on 19 September after a Chinese court found it guilty of "offering money or property to non-government personnel in order to obtain improper commercial gains".
European Union (EU) national customs authorities uncovered more than 1,500 containers of undervalued imported goods between February and March 2014 in a joint operation, which was the first of its kind involving Chinese customs authorities.
Customers come first - unless fraud is suspected - writes Scott Zoldi of FICO, and the race is on to refine automatic checks on their spending to better pinpoint the truly dishonest.
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi is partnering Barclays Bank to trial finger vein pattern scanning for Barclays’ UK business customers to access online accounts starting 2015.
The UK Supreme Court gave judgment in the combined appeals of Ahmad and Fields on 18 June 2014, clarifying the proper approach to be adopted in confiscation proceedings where there is a finding of joint benefit (i.e. a number of defendants are found to have jointly obtained property). Polly Dyer of QEB Hollis Whiteman reviews the decision.
An international Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was launched on 1 September to step up the fight against online fraudsters in the European Union (EU) and beyond.
The technical complexity of many financial products and how they are traded calls for clear focus by an investigator on where the money flows and the incentives at work. Rob Mason of FRA explores the data collection and analysis that follow from this approach.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist party may have staked his political capital on a campaign against corruption but resistance to reform, not least among civil servants, constantly threatens to stall the agenda. Mark Godfrey, in Beijing, considers the vested interests at work.
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) this month recovered more than US$7 million (UK£4.22 million) after a High Court judge decided that a Turkish businessman was - on balance of probability - involved in international fraud and money laundering.
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has refused to confirm reports that it is investigating banks over their use of government loan guarantee schemes set up to help UK small businesses through the credit crisis and into the recovery.
The latest European Commission annual report on European Union (EU) anti-fraud measures has highlighted concerns that member states may be doing far too little to detect EU-related financial crime.