25th September 2020
An unprecedented leak of thousands of files from the U.S. government’s most confidential financial intelligence database has shone a spotlight on the world’s $2 trillion-a-year dirty money habit. In spite of the excellent media coverage, this story goes much deeper than the “bad bankers” narrative being trotted out by many… Read More
24th September 2020
BuzzFeed News — With a website claiming more than 200 employees and an office in a business complex in the middle of Singapore, Ask Trading — “a trading and investment company focusing on the Russia/CIS market” — might appear to be a thriving midsize business. But actually it’s… Read More
24th September 2020
A British parliamentary committee that scrutinizes financial affairs has asked the government and securities regulator to look into reports that the U.S. considers the country a “higher risk” jurisdiction for money laundering and economic crime. In one of the first responses by U.K. politicians to leaked U.S. regulatory documents, Mel… Read More
23rd September 2020
Denmark’s financial watchdog on Tuesday ordered Handelsbanken to improve oversight of customers at its Danish branch after a review had found elevated risks of the branch being misused for money laundering and terrorist financing. The review, commissioned by the regulator, which took place between October and December last year, found that… Read More
22nd September 2020
By Simon Bowers, Karrie Kehoe and Holger Roonemaa, ICIJ, 21 September 2020 ICIJ — The Estonian banker was frantic: A whistleblower inside the bank suspected nine anonymous companies — all registered in the United Kingdom — of serious financial crimes and was threatening to go to authorities. “The whistleblower demands… Read More
22nd September 2020
Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank are facing fresh scrutiny of their oversight of anti-money laundering laws after it emerged that overseas banks had reported close to $167 million of potential dirty money transactions flowing through the two Australian banks. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) has released a… 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
18th September 2020
A leaked version of rules to be issued later this month by the European Commission proposes an all-encompassing set of regulations covering the trading or issuance of digital assets across the 27-nation bloc. Europe’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) draft legislation provides legal certainty around crypto assets – cryptocurrencies, security… Read More
18th September 2020
Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters. The findings by a Geneva-based research group, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime,… Read More