Resignation of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski   Last week, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynksi, commonly known as PPK, resigned amid accusations of involvement in the biggest corruption scandal in Latin American history. The dispute involves Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction conglomerate, which in 2016 admitted to paying approximately USD 800 million in payoffs. Odebrecht paid approximately USD 782,000 in advisory …

Vcheck Launches Latin America Platform

In order to better serve growing client demand in the region, Vcheck is proud to announce the launch of its Latin America platform, which includes an expanding suite of services in the investigative due diligence space. Professional Expertise Vcheck’s offerings in the Latin America region are enhanced by the talent of our expanding team, which includes experienced professionals who are …

The Three Lines of Anti-Money Laundering Defense

The “Three Lines of Defense” is a widely used phrase for describing how organizations should manage their anti-money laundering (“AML”) risk. As the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) regulations has applicability outside U.S. borders, all individuals and entities are required to comply when conducting transactions in U.S. dollars. OFAC requires that institutions must …

Latin America Struggles in its Fight Against Corruption

On February 21st, Transparency International released its Corruption Perceptions Index, which listed numerous Latin American and Caribbean countries among  the world’s most corrupt. According to Transparency International’s survey, 62% said corruption had risen in the previous year,  more than half said their government is failing to address corruption, and nearly a third said they had to pay a bribe in …

The Final Rule on Beneficial Ownership and Customer Due Diligence

In May 2016, The United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued its final rule on Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions. This rule requires institutions to establish and maintain written procedures to identify and verify the identity of the beneficial owners of all legal entity customers. These institutions include depository institutions, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, …

Signs your Company has a Dishonest Employee

There are many signs your company is dealing with a potentially dishonest employee. Internal audit departments and supervisors can track the performance of company employees, but competence and honesty do not always go hand in hand. Internal controls and strict documentation can help prevent fraud and theft, but dishonest employees often find vulnerabilities they can exploit. There are several ways …