Featured Predicate Crimes

Ex-Swiss banker convicted for selling secret tax data to Germany

A former UBS (UBSG.S) banker accused of selling information about wealthy German tax evaders to German authorities was convicted of economic espionage by a Swiss court on Monday. Rene S., as the 45-year-old ex-banker was called during court proceedings, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and must pay fines… Read More

French watchdog slaps Google with $57M fine under new EU law

AP — France’s data privacy watchdog fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million) on Monday, the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year. The National Data Protection Commission said it fined the U.S. internet giant for “lack of transparency,… Read More

German banking regulator calls for better coordination, ‘urgent’ action in anti-money laundering

The president of German financial watchdog BaFin has urged firms to treat the fight against money laundering as a ‘very high priority,’ and called for better coordination in Europe to tackle the crime. In a recent speech, BaFin chief Felix Hufeld referred to reports of suspected cases of money laundering… Read More
22nd January 2019
In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message… Read More
22nd January 2019
By Robert Mazur Testimony in the ongoing New York federal trial of “El Chapo” Guzman offered a repeat of facts heard in hundreds of similar trials since the prosecution of Al Capone. Despite that blaring reminder, governments, including the one now prosecuting El Chapo, appear to turn a deaf… Read More
22nd January 2019
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has seized a property worth £1.7 million from a Staffordshire-based woman who, with her firm, used money from drug dealers to purchase a number of properties. A Civil Recovery Order by Consent was made at the High Court in London on 14 January, leading to… Read More
21st January 2019
AP – Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users. The FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million , which… Read More
21st January 2019
French authorities are considering launching an investigation into scandal-hit Danske Bank over violating anti-money laundering rules involving transactions worth millions of euros. In recent days, the French Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris Court issued Danske with a letter summoning it to an interview to discuss matters relating to an… Read More
20th January 2019
Malaysia’s finance minister said on Friday the government would be ready to discuss dropping criminal charges against Goldman Sachs (GS.N) linked to the 1MDB scandal if the bank pays $7.5 billion in reparations. Goldman Sachs is being investigated by Malaysian authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice for its role… Read More
18th January 2019
Estonia has dropped plans for a rule that would demand people suspected of benefiting from suspected criminal cash prove the source of their wealth is legitimate. Estonia has been thrust into the limelight in recent months following a €200 billion money laundering scandal stemming from the Estonian branch… Read More
18th January 2019
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced details of fines published so far during the calendar year ending 2019. The penalties amount to around £79 million. Tabled figures show that on 16 January this year it fined ex-Keydata Investment Services CEO Stewart Owen Ford £76 million for ‘failing to… Read More
18th January 2019
AP — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Treasury’s decision to ease… Read More
18th January 2019
The ECB has expressed concerns over reports that Spanish bank BBVA (BBVA.MC) hired a former police chief in 2004 to spy on a would-be buyer and some of its officials have discussed it with the bank, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Another source briefed about the… Read More