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Panama Papers-style leak — and a Miami arrest — lift veil on how Iran ducks sanctions

Take the arrest of an Iranian-born Turkish citizen during a jaunt to Disney World. Factor in the irrepressible Rudy Giuliani, who briefly served as the arrested man’s lawyer. Add a dash of Turkey’s authoritarian leader, Recep Erdogan, a favorite of President Donald Trump. Mix in a massive leak of more… Read More

Pakistani tycoon agrees to hand over £190m to UK authorities

More than £190m of assets, including a £50m mansion overlooking Hyde Park in London, have been seized from a Pakistani property tycoon after a settlement in a UK police “dirty money” investigation. On Tuesday, the National Crime Agency said Malik Riaz Hussain had agreed to the multimillion-pound settlement that did… Read More

Shipbuilding Executive Found Not Guilty in Mozambique Debt Fraud Trial

A federal jury in Brooklyn found a Lebanese shipbuilding executive not guilty of fraud and money-laundering charges related to $2 billion of debt deals in Mozambique, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Jean Boustani, a salesman for shipbuilder Privinvest Group, was found not guilty on charges of wire… Read More
2nd December 2019
Andrew Pearse said he negotiated his first bribe while sipping vodka at a hotel in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in February 2013. His employer, Credit Suisse Group AG, was financing a $370 million coastal security contract between Mozambique and Privinvest Group, a shipbuilder owned by Lebanese billionaire Iskandar… Read More
2nd December 2019
It started with a huge hash bust. Following up on a tip, the RCMP set up a stakeout and pounced when a freight truck left a warehouse on Mitchell Island in Richmond. The haul: six tonnes of hashish (a drug made from the resin of cannabis), wrapped in cellophane and… Read More
29th November 2019
The wanted runaway politician, businessman and equestrian Oleksandr Onyshchenko has said he is about to return to Kyiv on Dec. 13 to face down accusations of fraud and money laundering. “I believe it is time,” he told the Kyiv Post on Nov. 21. As proof, millionaire Onyshchenko sent the Kyiv Post his… Read More
28th November 2019
A Miami investment manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a $1.2 billion money-laundering ring run by wealthy Venezuelan businessmen with political connections to the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro. Gustavo Hernandez Frieri, 45, was convicted of a single money-laundering conspiracy count and now faces less than 10… Read More
28th November 2019
Nine men have been arrested in Yorkshire as part of a money-laundering investigation into a gang who was smuggling money to Dubai in suitcases. Raids were carried out by The National Crime Agency (NCA) in Cleckheaton, Bradford, Dewsbury and Bridlington. The organised crime gang is thought to have smuggled millions… Read More
27th November 2019
The call came in while two criminal investigators for the Internal Revenue Service sat at a Bangkok airport gate in July 2017, waiting for a flight. A confidential source they knew from past investigations was offering a tip that a new website was selling child pornography in exchange for bitcoin. Read More
27th November 2019
At times, we AML professionals in the private and public sectors that play by the rules have difficulty realizing that the “bad guys” at the highest levels of the criminal world have no rules. They have more resources and capabilities than we can conceptualize. Unless you’ve lived in that world,… Read More
26th November 2019
An Auckland finance firm and its mother and son owners can now be revealed as the company and pair who failed to report $53.4 million of suspicious transactions from a Chinese-Canadian mogul accused of running a $200m pyramid scheme. Jiaxin Finance Limited, Fuqin Che and her son Qiang Fu, also… Read More
15th November 2019
Legislation approved by Greece’s parliament late Wednesday night appears to put the nation at odds with international anti-money laundering standards, the Financial Times reported Thursday.  The measure, which was backed by the government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, amends Greece’s penal code to permit individuals suspected of money… Read More
15th November 2019
About seven years ago, the U.K. agency set up to prosecute errant executives and publicly traded companies started taking on some meaty cases. The Serious Fraud Office investigated everything from derivative traders to top brass at blue-chip darlings Barclays Plc and engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. Now some academics,… Read More