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‘MaltaFiles’ firm Credence fined €261,000 over money laundering shortcomings

Corporate services provider Credence, which featured in an extensive European Investigation Collaborations exposé on tax avoidance in Malta, has been fined €261,000 by the Financial Investigation Analysis Unit for breaches of various money laundering obligations. Credence Corporate Advisory Services is a Maltese law firm which featured in stories on the… Read More

Singapore Proposes to Strengthen FIs’ Identity Verification Process

MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has issued a consultation paper on the types of information required for non-face-to-face verification of an individual’s identity. The proposed requirements come against the backdrop of rising impersonation scam cases, and seek to address the risks arising from theft and misuse of an individual’s personal… Read More

Ex-South Korean leader headed for jail after losing final appeal in graft case

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak faces spending much of his remaining years in prison, after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s corruption conviction against the conservative ex-leader. Lee, 78, planned to surrender to prosecutors by Monday, his lawyer said Thursday, after South Korea’s highest court denied his final… Read More
29th October 2020
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed Likud MK Haim Katz Tuesday that he intends to indict him for alleged tax offenses, pending a hearing. Mandelblit’s intention to do so was first reported Monday night by Channel 12. Katz, who already faces another indictment on fraud and breach of trust charges, is… Read More
28th October 2020
The Senate will start hearing the proposals to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to help boost the government’s efforts against the entry and flow of illegal money in the Philippines. “We expect to have an all-hands-on-deck involvement of top officials of concerned agencies in tackling this vital anti-corruption and… Read More
27th October 2020
By Anuška Delić (Oštro/OCCRP), Matej Zwitter (Oštro) and Maja Čakarić (Oštro), OCCRP, 26 October 2020 OCCRP — After Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, the former socialist state privatized its assets, giving each citizen a certificate to invest in the few blue-chip firms the country had at the time. The… Read More
26th October 2020
By Lawrence Marzouk and Stevan Dojčinović, OCCRP, 23 October 2020 OCCRP – A Cypriot shell firm accused of funnelling bribes on behalf of a notorious Serbian weapons dealer deposited $1.7 million into a secretive trust fund set up for a prominent Saudi, leaked bank records show. That fund’s Qatari… Read More
23rd October 2020
Prompted by the FinCEN Files, a powerful U.K. parliamentary committee has launched a fresh anti-money laundering inquiry 19-months after it outlined findings that the nation’s response to billions of pounds in money-laundering was “fragmented.” In light of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ recent investigation, the U.K. Treasury Committee… 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
21st October 2020
By Simon Bowers, ICIJ, 20 October 2020 ICIJ — A trade group representing firms that specialize in corporate secrecy has been lobbying the British government to give its members a central role in efforts to counter the country’s reputation as a leading provider of front companies to organized crime… Read More
21st October 2020
Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the center of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported. Mossack Fonseca founders Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of tax evasion and associating with criminals, will be arrested… Read More
20th October 2020
It was early July when David Velásquez, then 29, started to feel the aches and fever that made him suspect he had caught COVID-19. His brother, José, rushed him to one of Honduras’ emergency centers for virus testing and treatment, but all he found was chaos. “The disorganization was tremendous,”… Read More
19th October 2020
On a sunny Friday in late January, investigators from the Australian Tax Office issued subpoenas and fired off letters as part of an unprecedented probe that reached around the world. It was a similar scene in Amsterdam, where investigators from the Dutch tax agency set about a similar task. So,… Read More