14th October 2020
Free-trade zones (FTZs) are designed to attract trade by suspending the collection of customs duties. These incentives are frequently coupled with advantages such as simplified customs inspection procedures, liberalised incorporation regimes and physical infrastructure superior to that available elsewhere in the same country. These features can be attractive to legitimate… Read More
14th October 2020
Commissioner Patricia Bergin, SC, has scorched Crown Resorts’ risk management strategies as counterproductive “gobbledygook” for the average employee as part of the NSW inquiry into the casino giant. Toni Korsanos said she was unaware of debate surrounding her status as an “independent” director when she joined Crown’s board in… Read More
13th October 2020
Several high-ranking Cypriot officials, politicians, lawyers and real estate developers are implicated in a scheme that allows criminals to buy a European passport using the country’s citizenship through an investment programme, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. In The Cyprus Papers Undercover, Al Jazeera reveals how the country’s highest political… Read More
13th October 2020
By Ignacio Rodríguez Reyna, Zorayda Gallegos and Silber Meza, Quinto Elemento Lab and CONNECTAS via OCCRP, 9 October 2020 Insight Crime – As drug traffickers’ bank of choice for many years, HSBC allowed its services to be used as a conduit for money laundering. The US and Mexican governments… Read More
13th October 2020
Central banks set out to regulate cross-border stablecoins like Facebook’s planned Libra with a common approach on Tuesday, saying more rules may later be needed to ensure stability. The prospect of a currency-backed stablecoin being used by billions of people on Facebook has galvanised central banks into putting together rules… Read More
13th October 2020
A network of clothing manufacturers in Leicester are involved in money laundering and VAT fraud, a BBC investigation has found. The companies are based in the city’s garment district where a local MP said such activity was “endemic”. Some of the firms involved have supplied fast fashion brands, including Boohoo. Read More
13th October 2020
The Asia-Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering has retained Pakistan on its “Enhanced Follow-Up” list for a meagre progress on technical recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to fight money laundering and terror financing. The first Follow-Up Report (FUR) on Mutual Evaluation of Pakistan released by APG… Read More
13th October 2020
OCCRP – A group of Kyrgyz parliamentarians elected a former lawmaker as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday, days after his supporters freed him from prison during anti-government protests that erupted after last Sunday’s elections. Sadyr Zhaparov was elected at an emergency session, but his appointment… Read More
13th October 2020
Hong Kong’s trading and manufacturing firms could have a more difficult time in the coming months if the United States were to impose sanctions on banks, the city’s business leaders warned on Sunday. But local lawmakers and business leaders also questioned whether US President Donald Trump would roll out such… Read More
13th October 2020
It began with a text purportedly from O2. The message informed Stephen Frew that his latest payment could not be processed and asked him to update his card details via a link. Frew duly obliged. Within a week the £21,330 he was about to use as a deposit on a… Read More