Featured Assets

Amazon settles allegations of U.S. sanctions violations

Amazon.com Inc. agreed to settle allegations that it violated multiple U.S. sanctions regulations, the U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant allegedly provided goods and services to individuals or entities subject to U.S. sanctions, primarily due to deficiencies in the company’s automatic screening processes, according to… Read More

Russia to hit UK with retaliatory sanctions after Raab announces Magnitsky Act-style measures

The Kremlin has said it will impose retaliatory sanctions on the UK after Dominic Raab announced Magnitsky Act-style measures against individuals in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea. Britain’s post-Brexit sanctions, which are designed to stop the laundering of “blood money”, targeted 20 Saudis and 25… Read More

Three Gandhi family trusts to be probed for tax violations, money laundering

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced it has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe into alleged violation of various legal provisions by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. A Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee. “MHA… Read More
9th July 2020
A Monaco court on Wednesday upheld an earlier ruling dismissing a case against a prominent art dealer accused by a Russian oligarch of fraud and money laundering, lawyers for the art dealer said. Monaco’s appeals court in December ordered the closure of a preliminary investigation opened by local authorities into… Read More
9th July 2020
Tether and other so-called cryptocurrency stablecoins have long flown under the radar of international regulators. That’s about to change. The Financial Action Task Force, with members from about 200 countries who recommend ways to stop money laundering and the financing of terrorism, said in a report Tuesday that stablecoins… Read More
9th July 2020
London’s lockdown led to a plunge in tips to Britain’s markets watchdog. With traders working from home, reports of suspicious transactions and possible abuse fell in April to their lowest level since current regulations took effect in 2016, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News through a public-records request. “As… Read More
9th July 2020
Global Witness and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) said they condemn a criminal complaint filed against them in France by Afriland First Bank, a Cameroonian financial institution named in the Undermining Sanctions investigation. “For two of the principal subjects of our report to threaten or file… Read More
9th July 2020
Last week Italian law enforcement agents carried out what they said was the world’s largest ever drugs bust of amphetamines. A video from the Guardia di Finanza, a financial crime and smuggling investigations unit attached to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, shows officers using circular saws to cut… Read More
8th July 2020
With three decades in construction under his belt and his family almost reared, Philip Doyle dared to dream a little during the lockdown period. A recreational diver in his spare time and already part-owner of a small boat, he decided he would invest in a larger vessel of his own. Read More
8th July 2020
Italy’s Banca Generali and other investors from around the world purchased bonds partly backed by the illicit proceeds of the ’Ndrangheta mafia group, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing financial and legal documents. The private bonds stemmed from unpaid invoices owed by Italian public health authorities that were… Read More
8th July 2020
Isabel dos Santos, who is accused of causing billions of dollars in losses to the Angolan government during her father’s 38-year rule, said she is available to cooperate with authorities to clear her name and find out the truth. “What I want to resolve as quickly as possible are the… Read More
8th July 2020
A company accused of helping launder millions of dollars from Ukraine a decade ago is among the apparent recipients of U.S. virus relief funds, according to federal disclosures. The company, Optima 777, received at least $2 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to virus-relief loan disclosures made… Read More
8th July 2020
A U.K. regulator on Monday told the country’s biggest professional services firms to draw up plans for separating their audit businesses by Oct. 23 and for the work to be completed by mid-2024. The Financial Reporting Council—the U.K.’s accounting and audit watchdog—said it aims to reduce potential conflicts of interest… Read More