Fraud Newsletter 53 – March 2021
The period, quantity and nature of personal data sought by prosecutors from service providers are irrelevant considerations re Art. 15(1) of the E-Privacy Directive (2002/58/E) (restricting citizen’s privacy and confidentiality rights re e-communications: HK v Prokuratuur Case C-746/18) EU: C:2021:152 (prelim ruling).
€3.5m summary judgment in multi-jurisdictional €15m fraud (€11.5m already recovered) – a striking illustration of the assistance which this Court is able to give a defrauded party: Foglia v The Family Officer Ltd & Ors  EWHC 650 (Comm).
SENTENCING AND CONFISCATION
Default sentences imposed for joint hidden assets confiscation order are personal: discounts are allowed for monies paid, but not for time served by others: Collins  EWHC 634 (Admin).
BILLS, STATUTES & STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS
Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021 S.I. 2021 No. 392 amends SI 2017 No. 692 replacing the European Commission list with new schedule (3ZA) of high-risk countries.
CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE, CIRCULARS AND REPORTS
Home Office 16 Mar 21 involving restructuring of agencies; creation of a UK and Regional Crime Campuses; new NCA functions
Money laundering and terrorist financing controls in overseas jurisdictions: HM Treasury Advisory Notice: Updated 24 Mar 21.
Overview of Payment Industry Fraud: UK Finance: 25
Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021: DDCMS 24 Mar
- 27% businesses experience cyberattacks at least weekly: phishing attacks are the most common (83%) followed by impersonation (27%). 20% of attacks result in loss of data, money or assets; 35% of businesses negatively impacted. Average mean cost of cyber breaches £8,460: average cost £13,400.
Guidance for applying a Risk-Based Approach to AML/CFT Supervision: FATF updated 4 Mar 21: Summary. Public Consultation announced on changes to its Guidelines on Risk-based AML/CFT supervision following reports that EU supervisors were finding implementation difficult: Consultation paper: 17 Mar 21
FATF/ Egmont Group: 11 Mar 21.
EUIPO 15 Mar 21 re IP infringement, counterfeiting etc.
CPS 2025 Economic Crime Strategy: 30 Mar 21.
Locking Down Market Abuse: Speech by Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, at the Expert Forum: Market Abuse 25 Feb 21. Published 8 Mar 21.
SFO closes investigation into KBR Inc.’s UK subsidiaries which started in April 2017: 18 Mar 21. NB: on 5 Feb. 21 R (KBR) v Director SFO  UKSC 2 decided that that CJA 87 has no extra-territorial reach.
BBC News 25 Mar 21. First major general to be convicted since 1815 for abandoning siege guns at Tarragona. Sentenced to 21 months: BBC News: 26 Mar 21.
Fraud suspect extradited to UK re alleged 13.7m pensions fraud: 1st time TPR has worked with police to secure extradition: The Pensions Regulator: 20 Mar 21
EU & ABROAD: