23rd October 2020
The head of the financial crimes watchdog says she is concerned lawyers and real estate agents are being used for money laundering, as the government considers whether to impose tough new reporting obligations on them. Austrac chief executive Nicole Rose said the decision on whether to bring lawyers, accountants and… Read More
23rd October 2020
The European Central Bank yesterday unveiled an enhanced internal whistleblowing framework designed to help employees flag wrongdoing without fearing retaliation for their own careers. In a statement, the ECB said the tool would “enable staff to speak up in confidence” and anonymously if they detected suspected wrongdoing and highlight “potential… Read More
23rd October 2020
A total of 200 law firms in the UAE that had failed to comply with anti-money laundering procedures have been suspended from practicing for one month. The Ministry of Justice has also called upon law firms to take necessary measures against money laundering and terrorist financing, Wam reported. The necessary… Read More
23rd October 2020
The police revealed that a call centre for an international gambling syndicate masterminded by two men believed to be involved in a recent money laundering case was also involved in a foreign exchange (forex) investment fraud cases. Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said investigations found… Read More
23rd October 2020
Australian police are investigating the alleged transfer of Vatican funds to Australia amid the prosecution of former Vatican treasurer George Pell for child sex abuse and have referred the matter to an anti-corruption body. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed on Wednesday they have received information from Australia’s financial crimes… Read More
23rd October 2020
AP – A German arrest order for two Panamanian lawyers whose firm was at the center of an international tax evasion scandal faces a substantial obstacle: Panama’s constitution prohibits the extradition of its citizens. Juergen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca are sought by Cologne prosecutors on charges of being an… Read More
22nd October 2020
Westpac’s links to an offshore bank at the centre of a sweeping international money laundering and tax evasion probe have sparked fresh calls for reform of the financial sector’s approach to curbing crime. The nation’s second biggest bank, which was embroiled in a major money laundering scandal last year that… Read More
22nd October 2020
Altaf Khanani was considered one of the world’s most-wanted money launderers. The Pakistani fraudster was involved in the illicit international movement of money between countries like Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. His organization also moved money for drug cartels and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and al-Qaida. After a massive hunt… Read More
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