Fat Brands sees millions wipe off market value as Wiederhorn is charged.

They say "FAT Brands is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast-casual, quick-service, casual dining, and polished casual dining concepts around the world. " The USA's Department of Justice says that that Andrew Wiederhorn, the former CEO and current controlling shareholder of the listed group had sticky fingers and not in a good way. The story has elements we should all be familiar with.

Judgement has been handed down in the latest part of the saga between Vneshprombank LLC and Lyubov Kireeva, the trustee in bankruptcy for Georgy Bedzhamov and Bedzhamov himself. The case raises some fascinating issues relating to sanctions arising from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

In "Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime" there is much made of the lack of judicial determination of what constitutes "suspicion" and whether there are degrees of suspicion. I examine authorities from around the world and come to a conclusion. That conclusion has just been supported by a comment by a Judge in a libel case in an English court.

In "How not to be a money launderer" (1996) I explained how sex tourism, particularly for reasons of child abuse, is a financial crime. In the past month or so, Australia has convicted two abusers. It's time to look at those who facilitate this heinous crime

The USA's FBI says NICS enhanced background checks for under-21 gun buyers are showing results.

In a sprawling field of cubicles deep inside the FBI's massive technology hub in West Virginia, a legal instrument examiner's computer monitor summons her to select an orange icon blazoned with the words "Get Most Urgent." A click of the mouse opens a time-sensitive request from a federal firearms licensee, in this case a firearms seller or "gun shop," for an enhanced background check on a prospective buyer who is under 21 years old.

Tucker Carlson was a top-rated host of a programme on the extremely popular US news network, Fox News which has a reputation for having little more than a passing acquaintanceship with the truth. Now he's a vehicle for a fraud.

Bitcoin ETFs. Oh, dear. Let's look at this in simple terms, because it's going to go horribly wrong writes Nigel Morris-Cotterill.

Fraud fighters, we are faced with a newer enemy whose schemes are on the rise... and we have no way to specifically identify them.

In the civil case of The State of New York v Trump the Attorney General as Plaintiff (US media persist in the error that she is acting qua prosecutor) has already won: last Tuesday, the judge found that there had been fraud. But the judgment is not as clear cut as some are making out - and Trump's decided that if he can find a camera to talk to, he's going to re-litigate on the steps of the court.

You'd have to have had your head in a bucket to fail to notice that people in financial institutions conduct business outside the authorised channels of communication. The only surprise in this case is that it's 2023 and the Securities and Exchange Commission has only recently got around to challenging it - and the vast majority of other regulators still haven't. But there's a lot more to the communications rules breaches than first meets the eye, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill