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Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe Indicted on Wire Fraud, Bribery, Tax Fraud Charges
West Palm Beach police whistleblower fired; lawsuit still pending
Johnston Press shares hit record low as new data rules bite
Sexual harassment law goes into effect July 1
Northrop Grumman wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy Orbital ATK
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower calls for second referendum as he tells MEPs data scandal 'caused Brexit'
Societe Generale paying $1.3B in fines over bribery, rates
Facebook faces new regulatory backlash over data privacy
The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual — 2018
One June 6, The Intelligencer reported, “[Ohio County Magistrate Harry A. Radcliffe III] is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding (ABC) of Wheeling, concealing said bribes from the state of West Virginia and the IRS, directing defendants and their families to ABC without offering other options as required, altering bonds to require a bonding company, and collecting said bribes via credit card and interstate travel. He also is accused of failing to report $11,000 in income on both his 2013 and 2014 federal income taxes, and failing to report $4,500 in income on his 2015 federal income taxes.”
One June 6, WPTV West Palm Beach (Fla.) reported, “A West Palm Beach police officer who claims he documented, investigated and reported wrongdoing within the department for more than a year has been fired. Lt. Frank Alonso filed a whistleblower lawsuit in February claiming he was retaliated against for complaining alleged misconduct, fraud, and cover-ups. Prior to the lawsuit, Alonso's attorney said he had issued a whistleblower notice to the city and police department a year and a half before the lawsuit was filed.”
One June 5, Reuters reported, “British regional newspaper publisher Johnston Press Plc said European changes to data privacy rules were hitting its online advertising revenue, hammering its shares and threatening the one area of reliable growth for the industry. Its stock plunged 17 percent in early trading to a new record low, while rivals also slipped.”
On June 5, VTDigger.com reported, “[Vermont] Gov. Phil Scott signed an anti-sexual harassment bill into law on May 30 that improves statewide sexual harassment reporting, bans policies that make it difficult for survivors to report misconduct and kick-starts an education campaign to foster safer internal reporting by victims inside companies. The goal of the bill, H.707, is to ensure workers have adequate protections, according to the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford. ‘It’s no protection to women if we just out a few high-profile harassers,’ Copeland-Hanzas said last month. ‘I wanted us to take a look at what can we do to extend sexual assault protection to all workers.’”
One June 5, Reuters reported, “U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solid rocket motor supplier Orbital ATK Inc (OA.N) with conditions, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. The $7.8 billion deal was approved on condition that Northrop supply the solid rocket motors to competitors for missile contracts and to separate the two companies’ operations with a firewall, the FTC said in a statement. … Northrop announced the all-cash deal in September, saying it would give the company greater access to lucrative government contracts and expand its arsenal of missile defense systems and space rockets.”
On June 5, Evening Standard reported, “Christopher Wylie told an MEP's inquiry that the ‘crisis’ extended beyond issues of privacy, suggesting that the scandal had helped the Leave victory in the UK. … [Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham] said that her office's investigation, triggered by allegations of misuse of Facebook users’ personal data, was thought to be the largest undertaken by any data protection authority in the world.”
On June 4 The Associated Press reported, “A unit of one of France’s largest banks, Societe Generale, is pleading guilty in the U.S. and the bank is paying a $585 million fine for bribing Libyan officials to win government investments. The bank also is paying $750 million to settle U.S. charges of manipulating a key global interest rate. The actions were announced by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.”
One June 4, CNNMoney reported, “Facebook is facing renewed regulatory scrutiny around the world in the wake of new allegations over how it handles user data. Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic were quick to pounce on Facebook after the New York Times reported late Sunday that the company shared personal data from its users with dozens of device makers, including Apple and Samsung. Perhaps the most concerning claim from the report is that Facebook gave some device makers ‘access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders.’”
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