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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

Companies House to tighten its checks

The government is to overhaul the system of checks for Britain’s register of companies after criticism that the database is too easily abused by money launderers and fraudsters. Directors will be required to verify their identities with Companies House before they are appointed to a business under plans announced yesterday. Read More

FinCEN Files: UAE central bank failed to prevent sanctions evasion

The United Arab Emirates’ central bank failed to act on warnings about a local firm which was helping Iran to evade sanctions, the BBC has found. Leaked documents show Dubai-based Gunes General Trading processed $142m (£110m) in suspicious transactions through the UAE financial system in 2011 and 2012. The activity… 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
21st September 2020
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached three hotels in Delhi, worth Rs 100 crore, in connection with its money laundering probe into the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank fraud case, officials familiar with the development said. So far, properties – belonging to HDIL promoters Rakesh and Sarang Wadhawan –… Read More
18th September 2020
Deloitte has been ordered to pay a record £15 million fine for “serious and serial failures” in its audit of Autonomy, the British software company at the centre of one of the country’s largest civil fraud cases. The accounting firm and two of its former partners were found by a… Read More
18th September 2020
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has moved to seize $330m (£256m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm which prosecutors allege is derived from the proceeds of one of the world’s largest financial frauds. The DoJ has filed civil forfeiture proceedings against funds… Read More
18th September 2020
The former president of international athletics has been jailed for two years by a French court after being found guilty of taking millions of pounds in bribes to cover up positive drugs tests by Russian athletes. Lamine Diack, 87, who ran athletics for 16 years until he was succeeded by… Read More
18th September 2020
The U.S. Justice Department charged two Russian nationals who prosecutors say defrauded three cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers, resulting in losses of at least $16.8 million. Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi were charged in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco with aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit computer fraud… Read More
17th September 2020
A former FIFA official accused of accepting nearly $1.5 million in bribes told the Greek businessman accused of paying him the cash to delete most of their correspondence. Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s former secretary general, sent the message to Dinos Deris in October 2016, six months before Swiss federal prosecutors opened… Read More
17th September 2020
Dutch prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into how a company owned by Sindika Dokolo, the husband of billionaire Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, managed to acquire a lucrative shareholding in the Portuguese oil and gas firm, Galp. The Public Prosecution Service has also frozen the assets of the company,… 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