Update on Jailed Compliance Officer

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We have an update on Samuel Bickett, the corporate compliance officer jailed in Hong Kong on trumped-up charges that he assaulted a police officer. He is currently appealing his 18-week prison sentence, and spending the rest of his time helping other inmates he met during an early stint in Hong Kong’s maximum-security prison. Bickett, you…

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$1M Whistleblower Award to 3 Compliance Officers

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Three gutsy and persistent compliance professionals are all a bit richer today, after the Securities and Exchange Commission gave them a joint whistleblower award of more than $1 million for helping the agency to prosecute misconduct at their firm. As usual with SEC whistleblower awards, we don’t know much about the particulars — including who…

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Hong Kong Jails Compliance Officer

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A corporate compliance officer in Hong Kong has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison there for assaulting a plainclothes police officer, where the compliance officer was actually trying to protect a teen the officer was beating during pro-democracy protests.  The compliance professional in question, Samuel Bickett, is a U.S. citizen who had been working…

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Apple Exec Indicted on Bribery Charge

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A grand jury indicted one of Apple’s top compliance executives on Monday for offering 200 iPads to a local sheriff’s office in exchange for concealed weapons permits.  Tom Moyer, currently Apple’s head of global security and chief compliance officer from 2009 to 2018, was indicted in Santa Clara County on one count of bribing an…

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The Day the Conferences Canceled

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Wednesday was a grim one for the compliance and audit communities: at least seven industry events were canceled, postponed, or scaled back dramatically, as coronavirus continues to thwart the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that have been the hallmarks of this profession for so long. Here is the latest list that I’ve been able to…

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Women in Compliance 2020 Finalists 

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Finalists for the 2020 Women in Compliance Awards were announced this morning, so anyone who knows women working in compliance may want to take a peek and see who made the cut. This will be the seventh year for the Women in Compliance Awards. The winners are announced at a gala dinner in London, happening…

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CCOs Serving on Corporate Boards

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This week I had the privilege of moderating a forum in New York for ethics and compliance officers who wanted to talk about an idea that makes tremendous sense: CCOs serving on corporate boards.  After all, regulators increasingly want companies to embrace a culture of compliance that avoids corporate misconduct in the first place, or…

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Compliance and Careers Amid Corporate Upheaval

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This week I was in Denver attending the Converge 2019 conference hosted by Convercent, and as one might expect, lots of the sessions there focused on how to apply technology to compliance programs.  For my money, however, the most interesting session explored something quite different: how compliance officers can navigate their careers amid upheaval at…

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Professional Development on No Budget

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Professional development is crucial for every compliance officer. Either you need it yourself, to better understand the issues in our field; or you need to provide it to your team, since that’s part of your job as chief compliance officer.  So how does one devise professional development opportunities under what we’ll call an “extremely limited”…

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Podcast: CCOs Serving on Boards

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Regular readers of Radical Compliance know that I believe ethics and compliance officers serving on corporate boards is a superb idea. More and more of the governance challenges boards face, as they try to position their organizations for success, somehow touch upon ethics and compliance issues. Well, who understands those issues better than professional ethics…

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