22nd October 2020
In her first public remarks on the investigation into Crown, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre chief executive Nicole Rose told a Senate hearing that the financial intelligence agency had “serious concerns” about the casino operator’s conduct. Crown’s Melbourne casino filed almost 50,000 reports to AUSTRAC in 2019, primarily because… Read More
22nd October 2020
Last month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released new guidance on strengthening AML/CFT controls in private banking, based on inspections the regulator conducted over 2019 and 2020. Among the key areas of concern, MAS called for “robust corroboration” of source of wealth (SoW) and source of funds (SoF),… Read More
21st October 2020
Two felons and a former stockbroker who played legitimate stockbrokers are the latest charged in a $4.9 million penny stock scam swirling around Palm Beach Gardens-based NIT Enterprises. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Hollywood’s Mason Newman, Boca Raton’s Christian Baquerizo and Fort Lauderdale’s Kevin Cardenas with fraudulently selling $1.4… Read More
21st October 2020
Darkside hackers claim to have extorted millions of dollars from companies, but say they now want to “make the world a better place”. In a post on the dark web, the gang posted receipts for $10,000 in Bitcoin donations to two charities. One of them, Children International, says it will… Read More
20th October 2020
A Chinese national whose Instagram page features pictures of him wearing a VIP pass at a 2018 rally for President Donald Trump, is now on U.S. soil after being charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering the illicit funds, according to court documents filed earlier this week. Tao Liu,… Read More
19th October 2020
Some bank compliance officers would like to know who leaked the more than 2,000 highly confidential bank filings, known as suspicious activity reports, that led to a flurry of so-called “FinCEN Files” news articles. Those compliance officers also would like to see the person responsible criminally prosecuted, they said during… Read More
16th October 2020
Three years after NAB began upgrading its anti-money laundering and counterterrorism-financing program it was still unable to follow its own policies regarding the sex industry, closing accounts of sex workers it promised to support while opening new accounts for businesses it promised not to service. NAB decided it would no… Read More
16th October 2020
The European Union blacklisted six people in Russia allied to President Vladimir Putin as punishment for the attempted murder of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. The targets of the EU asset freezes and travel bans imposed on Thursday include Aleksandr Bortnikov, leader of Russia’s domestic spy agency; Sergei Kiriyenko, first deputy… Read More
16th October 2020
A former Mexican defense minister was arrested on Thursday night after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport with his family, according to the Mexican government, becoming the first high-ranking military official to be taken into custody in the United States in connection with drug-related corruption in his country. The former… Read More
15th October 2020
AP – Police and Mexico’s federal anti-money laundering agency said Tuesday they have frozen 1,352 bank accounts that allegedly moved about $125 million on behalf of 14 crime gangs, including some of Mexico’s biggest drug cartels. While Mexico City officials have long denied that cartels operate in the capital,… Read More