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Money laundering: UK Lawyer helped fraudsters, gangsters in 80 property deals

A solicitor who provided conveyancing services for a gang of drug dealers and fraudsters and helped launder their dirty cash has been jailed for seven years. Police discovered the Handforth-based professional’s activities while investigating the operation of an organised crime gang that had been laundering the proceeds of their criminal… Read More

Financial crime: UK announces consultation on bitcoin, cryptoassets guidance

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation into guidance on the cryptoasset activities it regulates. The watchdog said the move is aimed at providing clarity for firms about whether their cryptoasset activities fall under its regulation, and [for them to] ensure they are compliant and have appropriate… Read More

U.S. Fed investigating Deutsche’s role in Danske money laundering – Bloomberg

The U.S. Federal Reserve is investigating Deutsche Bank’s role in a money laundering scheme that has embroiled both it and Denmark’s Danske Bank, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Bloomberg, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said that the Fed’s investigation was at an early stage. – By Tom Sims and… Read More
24th January 2019
A solicitor, who was also a money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), has been fined £45,000 for failing to conduct anti-money laundering checks for wealthy clients believed to be linked to the Panama Papers scandal. Khalid Mohammed Sharif, a partner at London-based Child & Child, was involved in the law firm’s… Read More
24th January 2019
A group comprising the world’s top banks has published guidance on how financial institutions should carry out sanctions screening. The notes are derived from regulatory requirements and global industry best practice, it said. “[The guidance] is not intended to suggest all FIs should apply all elements in this… Read More
23rd January 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a €18.8m fine and 23-month jail term over tax evasion charges in Spain. The award-winning football player is alleged to have avoided paying tax between 2010 and 2014, in a case centred around image rights deals. Ronaldo is reported to have acknowledged incidents amounting to… Read More
23rd January 2019
Litigation funder IMF Bentham (IMF.AX) has teamed up with legal experts Quinn Emanuel and Njord Law Firm and plans to file a shareholder lawsuit against Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) by July over a 200 billion euro ($230 billion) money laundering scandal. IMF’s European subsidiary, IMF Litigation Funding Services Limited (IMF LFS),… Read More
23rd January 2019
China’s banking and insurance regulator issued guidelines on Tuesday to strengthen banks’ overseas compliance management. It will pay special attention to country risk, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism risks, the China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a statement on its website. (Reporting by Shu Zhang and Beijing Monitoring… Read More
23rd January 2019
AP — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou’s case… Read More
23rd January 2019
A former UBS (UBSG.S) banker accused of selling information about wealthy German tax evaders to German authorities was convicted of economic espionage by a Swiss court on Monday. Rene S., as the 45-year-old ex-banker was called during court proceedings, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and must pay fines… Read More
23rd January 2019
By Robert Mazur Testimony in the ongoing New York federal trial of “El Chapo” Guzman offered a repeat of facts heard in hundreds of similar trials since the prosecution of Al Capone. Despite that blaring reminder, governments, including the one now prosecuting El Chapo, appear to turn a deaf… Read More
22nd January 2019
AP — France’s data privacy watchdog fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million) on Monday, the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year. The National Data Protection Commission said it fined the U.S. internet giant for “lack of transparency,… Read More
22nd January 2019
The president of German financial watchdog BaFin has urged firms to treat the fight against money laundering as a ‘very high priority,’ and called for better coordination in Europe to tackle the crime. In a recent speech, BaFin chief Felix Hufeld referred to reports of suspected cases of money laundering… Read More