7th December 2020
One of the United States’ top financial regulators said Thursday that new regulations on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were coming soon, but he downplayed concerns that the new rules would be disruptive. Brian Brooks, the acting comptroller of the currency, told CNBC’s Melissa Lee on “Squawk Box” to… Read More
3rd December 2020
Pawnbrokers, payday lenders and other non-bank reporting entities have been urged to review their financial crime controls, as the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) broadens its supervision and enforcement crackdown. The country’s largest payday lender, listed pawnbroker Cash Converters, is the latest reporting entity to be referred to AUSTRAC’s enforcement… Read More
2nd December 2020
With only a day to go before the deadline for EU member-states to transpose the bloc’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD), significant questions remain unanswered about how it will be enforced on a national-level. In an apparent response to recent banking scandals, the directive will make the “aiding and… Read More
30th November 2020
The UK’s NCA (National Crime Agency) has unveiled details of a project to reform the SAR (suspicious activity report) regime, amid a large increase in the number of submissions from financial institutions and other reporting entities. The NCA received over 570,000 SARs in the year to March 2020, an increase… Read More
20th November 2020
U.S. federal authorities on Thursday issued fresh Bank Secrecy Act guidance for banks providing services to charities and non-profit organizations (NPOs) as part of an effort to ensure that the groups retain access to financial pipelines. The joint fact-sheet—issued by the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,… Read More
20th November 2020
A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai siege, to 10 years in prison on two charges of terrorism financing, his lawyer said. The sentences for the two charges –… Read More
19th November 2020
Two southern Sydney men have been charged with dozens of offences under money laundering laws for allegedly transferring at least $2.3 million offshore after nine victims across Australia were defrauded of the money. NSW Police arrested the men, Mark Estephan and Jamie Ronald Close, on Tuesday following a fraud investigation… Read More
17th November 2020
The central Bank of Lithuania has issued a fine of 370,000 euros to Lithuanian-capital payment company Paysera LT for its anti-money laundering violations. The company plans to appeal. The central bank says it was identified during an inspection in April-May that Paysera LT failed to properly assess money-laundering and terrorist… Read More
13th November 2020
Financial intelligence regulator AUSTRAC is preparing to unleash a wave of guidance including as many as five detailed risk assessments for banks and non-bank lenders and a new division that will engage directly with regulated entities and spell out what is expected of them. The enigmatic regulator is preparing as… Read More
13th November 2020
Daryl Tottenham, the man with oversight of anti-money-laundering programs in B.C. casinos, still can’t fathom why his predecessor went to the media. Tottenham told the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in B.C. this week that his former supervisor Ross Alderson was suffering a mental breakdown and the whistleblower’s allegations… Read More