Featured Crime (non-financial)

HSBC moved vast sums of dirty money after paying record laundering fine

By Spencer Woodman, ICIJ, 21 September 2020 ICIJ — In March 2014, three men kidnapped Reynaldo Pacheco and bludgeoned his head with rocks, leaving the 44-year-old father of a young daughter dead in a creek bed in California’s Napa County. Local authorities determined that his murder was a consequence… Read More

ING Bank Worked for Russian Money Laundering Network

Over the past decade, ING Bank has carried out billion-dollar transactions for companies from one of the largest Russian money laundering networks ever exposed. This puts the bank in a similar position to Deutsche Bank and Danske Bank, whose involvement in the network has previously been exposed. The German bank… Read More

Macquarie, CBA face fresh money laundering scrutiny after data leak

Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank are facing fresh scrutiny of their oversight of anti-money laundering laws after it emerged that overseas banks had reported close to $167 million of potential dirty money transactions flowing through the two Australian banks. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) has released a… Read More
21st September 2020
ICIJ — Secret U.S. government documents reveal that JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and other big banks have defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world. The records show that five global… Read More
21st September 2020
BuzzFeed News — When Robert Meltzer, who runs gyms for children in Los Angeles, found that more than $60,000 in payroll taxes — half a year’s worth — had gone missing in 2013, it was too late. When something similar happened to Stanford Media Group, a company that sold CDs… Read More
18th September 2020
The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims. The United States government presented the allegations in a set of three… Read More
17th September 2020
Authorities have detected an increase in financial transactions linked to the online sexual exploitation of children in the country in recent months as the economic challenges brought about the coronavirus pandemic drove more people into child pornography. Thus said the Anti-Money Laundering Council in a study it released on Wednesday,… Read More
17th September 2020
Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, has been hit with U.S. sanctions for her role in the economic plunder of the tiny West African county during her husband’s 22-year rule, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday. Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50 million of state funds… Read More
17th September 2020
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on China’s Union Development Group, the company behind the controversial Dara Sakor tourism development on Cambodia’s coast. The Treasury’s stated reason was that UDG intimidated and evicted families from their homes on the company’s 45,000 hectare concession to make way for the development… Read More
17th September 2020
After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of. The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited… Read More
17th September 2020
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has prepared a report on red flag indicators to assist financial institutions, investigating agencies and regulators in detecting misuse of virtual assets for money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes. Virtual assets, which also include cryptocurrencies, are defined as a digital representation of… Read More
17th September 2020
Hundreds of Australian people smugglers, fraudsters, drug kingpins and a former Macquarie banker jailed for dealing ecstasy are named on a leaked Chinese database, pointing to Beijing’s use of organised crime figures for gathering intelligence and running foreign interference operations. The database compiled by military contractor China Zhenhua, revealed by The… Read More
16th September 2020
A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange that suffered from a $60 million hack in 2018 is suing Binance for “aiding and abetting” the laundering of some of the stolen funds. According to a complaint filed by Fisco in the Northern California District Court on Sept. 14, the Japanese exchange alleged that soon… Read More