18th February 2019
Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker caught up in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud scandal, will be allowed to return to the United States to face criminal charges against him there, a Malaysian court ruled on Friday. Ng has been detained in Kuala Lumpur since Nov. Read More
18th February 2019
JPMorgan has announced the launch its digital coin representing a fiat currency. Called JMP Coin, the unit is based on blockchain-based technology and will enable the instant transfer of payments between institutional accounts. Exchanging value, such as money, between different parties over a blockchain requires a digital currency. “The JPM… Read More
15th February 2019
(Convicted launderer: Avinash Kakumanu) Two men have been jailed and another given a suspended sentence for their part in a fraud which saw a London-based 84 year-old man lose over £70,000. Avinash Kakumanu, Dinesh Alavala and Ranjit Nellikondi tricked the victim into believing he was helping the authorities. According to… Read More
15th February 2019
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More
15th February 2019
Dutch lender Rabobank has been fined just over €1 million over its anti-money laundering controls, including know your customer (KYC), customer due diligence (CDD) and beneficial ownership issues. The penalty was issued by the Dutch regulator, the Dutch National Bank (DNB), which reviewed the bank’s files for some years up… Read More
14th February 2019
A British banking industry body has urged customers to be wary of romance scams in response to a rise in the number victims. The UK Finance warning comes as new figures show that 4,555 reports of romance fraud were made to UK-based Action Fraud, with victims reporting to have lost… Read More
14th February 2019
Estonia’s parliament has dropped a proposed law that would have toughen rules on money-laundering, a parliamentary spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Lawmakers told Reuters they expect the proposal, drafted after a scandal involving Denmark’s Danske Bank, to be revived later this year following a March 3 general election. “The current parliament… Read More
14th February 2019
Drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, who is estimated to have generated billions in illicit proceeds, has been found guilty of all 10 counts against him, including participating in a money laundering conspiracy and narcotics trafficking. Also known as ‘El Rapido,’ Guzman was convicted on Tuesday by a federal… Read More
13th February 2019
Precious metal dealers in Singapore will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks (CDD) and submit details of suspicious transactions, under new measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Law Minister Edwin Tong, in a Second Reading speech on the Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money… Read More
13th February 2019
Police in France and Italy have swooped in on suspected members of a gang that operated a ‘complex’ network which involved moving dirty cash to Algeria from Europe. The criminal cash flows are estimated at €5 to €7 million per month. “Money originating mainly from drug trafficking and tax evasion… Read More