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EU agrees steps toward tighter money-laundering supervision

European Union finance ministers on Thursday backed plans for greater powers to combat money laundering after a series of revelations about large amounts of dirty money flowing through European banks. The EU last year experienced its largest money-laundering scandal when it emerged that 200 billion euros ($220 billion) in suspicious… Read More

Formations House leak shows need for reforms on creating companies, says anti-corruption chief

Boris Johnson’s anti-corruption champion has said that the UK must “clamp down harder” on corruption after an investigation revealed how a British company registered a global web of businesses linked to international crime gangs. John Penrose, who co-ordinates the response to corruption, said that Britain’s reputation for integrity was vital… Read More

ING close to settling money-laundering probe in Italy: sources

Dutch bank ING Groep NV’s (INGA.AS) Italian business has reached a provisional deal with Milan prosecutors to settle a money-laundering investigation by paying 30 million euros ($33 million), two sources familiar with the matter said. The proposed settlement, known as an “agreed penalty”, has yet to be confirmed… Read More
6th December 2019
Credit Suisse Group AG has acted to block Geneva prosecutors from using details of a critical report by the country’s financial regulator into the bank’s failure to prevent fraud at its wealth management unit. The bank asked Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa to seal the report, which he is legally… Read More
6th December 2019
Over 300 reports of suspicious transactions at Satabank worth in excess of €130 million have been flagged by global services firm EY since it was entrusted to administer the bank’s assets by the financial regulator. The move had followed the suspension of the bank’s licence by the Malta Financial Services… Read More
6th December 2019
The Trump administration Thursday placed a $5 million bounty on the leader of a Russian hacker group called Evil Corp for his alleged work for Moscow’s intelligence agency, part of what U.S. officials say is a broader reprisal for a Kremlin-directed cyber offensive against the U.S. The State Department’s action against Maksim Yakubets… Read More
6th December 2019
Glencore Plc is being investigated for bribery by U.K. authorities, deepening the legal troubles that threaten the world’s biggest commodities trader. The shares fell as much as 8.6% to a three-year low. The move by the Serious Fraud Office adds to ongoing corruption probes that Glencore is facing in the… Read More
6th December 2019
A member of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament is proposing further government investigation following reports by OCCRP and its media partners that the country has harbored money laundering that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and has cost the lives of currency couriers crossing its borders. Maksat Sabirov on Thursday… Read More
6th December 2019
Israel’s state prosecutor has plans to indict prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cousin and personal lawyer, alongside six other people, on charges related to a possible conflict of interest over a $2bn purchase of German submarines. Shai Nitzan said in a statement on Thursday the seven would be charged on various corruption offences,… Read More
6th December 2019
As the fallout from Westpac’s massive money-laundering scandal continues, compliance officers would be well advised to spend some time reviewing how the bank’s troubles began. For that, we can turn to AUSTRAC’s recent civil action against the lender alleging over 23-million breaches of domestic AML/CTF legislation, each carrying a maximum fine… Read More
5th December 2019
Take the arrest of an Iranian-born Turkish citizen during a jaunt to Disney World. Factor in the irrepressible Rudy Giuliani, who briefly served as the arrested man’s lawyer. Add a dash of Turkey’s authoritarian leader, Recep Erdogan, a favorite of President Donald Trump. Mix in a massive leak of more… Read More
5th December 2019
More than 200 people have been arrested in 31 countries following a three-month global investigation into money laundering, Europol said Wednesday. The investigation, known as the European Money Mule Action, targeted those who help money launderers transfer funds. The action resulted in 228 arrests, as well as identifying 3,833 mules… Read More
5th December 2019
The European Commission should open an investigation into the rule of law. Preparations must now be made for Article 7 proceedings against Malta, MEP Sven Giegold said today. Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union is a procedure to suspend certain rights from a member state. At the end of the two-day… Read More