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EU Won’t Stop Member States From Seizing Assets of Accused

European Union regulations don’t prevent countries from confiscating assets from someone charged with civil offenses or not yet convicted of a crime, the EU’s highest court ruled Thursday. The question before the five-judge panel of the European Court of Justice was whether Bulgaria was allowed to confiscate assets from Tsvetan… Read More

Albania offers amnesty to curb shadow economy, revive growth

Albania’s government plans to offer an amnesty to businesses that have failed to disclose funds or made illegal gains for a fee, in an effort to formalise and revive the economy, open firms’ access to capital markets, and plug a budget shortfall. Business association Konfindustria estimated on Tuesday that Albania’s… Read More

Trump wealth order probe urged over Scottish golf resorts

Scotland’s first minister has been urged to use unexplained wealth orders to investigate how Donald Trump paid for his Scottish golf resorts. Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said the US Congress had heard concerns about possible money laundering involving some of the president’s business deals. He claimed there were “big… Read More
20th February 2020
Eight businessmen and two entities have been added by the EU and UK to sanctions lists. The EU and Britain have imposed sanctions on eight Syrian businessmen and two companies linked to the regime of President Bashar Al Assad. On Monday the EU announced it would apply the sanctions on… Read More
20th February 2020
The Public Prosecution Office dealing with corruption and financial investigations summoned the ousted president Omar Al Bashir for questioning on Sunday. The Prosecution suspects Al Bashir of money laundering, corruption, and forbidden and suspicious wealth. The Prosecution always wants to question Al Bashir about the role of the former government… Read More
7th February 2020
Ghanaian prosecutors charged a former finance minister for alleged crimes that contributed to the collapse of one of the West African nation’s biggest local lenders during a banking crisis. Kwabena Duffuor, who served as finance chief from 2009 to 2013, and seven other individuals were named in a filing Wednesday… Read More
7th February 2020
A 31-year-old man has been charged over an $11 million cyber fraud in which he allegedly obtained the financial profiles and identities of more than 80 people to create fraudulent bank accounts and steal from their savings and superannuation accounts. Adam Jones, originally from South Australia, was arrested at a… Read More
6th February 2020
AP – Although not as notorious as Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, Rodriguez-Orejuela and his brother, Miguel, fashioned a sophisticated global smuggling enterprise known for using innovative techniques to hide cocaine in all sorts of legitimate shipments — even such items as frozen vegetables and coffee packages. Read More
6th February 2020
A woman who blew £16m of unexplained wealth in Harrods has lost her appeal against a National Crime Agency bid to seize her luxury London home. The Court of Appeal has rejected Zamira Hajiyeva’s attempt to stop the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Order from being implemented against her. Mrs… Read More
6th February 2020
Two brothers from a Belgian gold refinery have been found guilty by a court in Antwerp of money laundering and fraud and given 18-month suspended jail sentences, a court ruling showed. The judgment comes as investigators and states increase pressure on refineries to make sure illegally mined or traded gold… Read More
5th February 2020
The United States and the British dependency of Jersey have agreed with Nigeria to repatriate more than $300 million in funds stolen by former military ruler General Sani Abacha, the three governments said. Abacha ruled Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, from 1993 until his death in 1998. Corruption watchdog Transparency… Read More
17th January 2020
A British prosecutor launched a fresh attempt on Thursday to confiscate tens of millions of pounds stolen from an oil-producing state in Nigeria by its former governor, who was convicted of laundering his loot in Britain. James Ibori, who was governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, pleaded guilty… Read More
8th January 2020
The prudential regulator has described the risk and compliance functions of the nation’s largest financial institutions as in need of urgent overhaul, as it completes a deep dive of the systems that permitted banks to break money laundering laws millions of times and wrongly charge customers billions in fees. Early… Read More