20th October 2020
By Ben Hallman, Spencer Woodman, Will Fitzgibbon and Karrie Kehoe, ICIJ, 19 October 2020 ICIJ — The biggest banks in the world are moving vast amounts of money for drug cartels, corrupt regimes, arms traffickers and other international criminals after having pledged repeatedly to do more to staunch the… Read More
19th October 2020
Crown Resorts is facing a new threat to its casino licences and the prospect of multimillion-dollar fines after it was informed by Austrac, the government agency responsible for anti-money laundering laws that it has identified “potential non-compliance” by Crown Melbourne. In a release to the ASX, Crown has said the… Read More
19th October 2020
Some bank compliance officers would like to know who leaked the more than 2,000 highly confidential bank filings, known as suspicious activity reports, that led to a flurry of so-called “FinCEN Files” news articles. Those compliance officers also would like to see the person responsible criminally prosecuted, they said during… Read More
15th October 2020
The FinCEN Files, as they have been dubbed by the good folks over at BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), are certainly headline-grabbing stories and they raise a lot of questions about the efficacy of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance around the globe. Seeing that the Suspicious… Read More
15th October 2020
Afterpay has received an all-clear from the Australian financial crimes watchdog AUSTRAC over its breaches of anti-money laundering laws, but the buy now, pay later (BNPL) heavyweight isn’t entirely out of the woods when it comes to regulatory scrutiny. The $27 billion listed fintech said on Wednesday that AUSTRAC would… Read More
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
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
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
12th October 2020
The Shabab, the Somalia-based militant group that is Al Qaeda’s most powerful ally in Africa, is not only collecting millions of dollars in tariffs and payoffs but moving the money through local banks and even investing it in real estate and businesses, according to a new United Nations Security Council… Read More
12th October 2020
Victoria’s gambling regulator is taking action against James Packer’s Crown Resorts group, accusing it of failing to properly control junket operators who bring high-rollers to its Melbourne casino. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation on Friday told Guardian Australia it made the move after wrapping up… Read More