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The German Bunker that Became a Hub of International Crime

Many paths lead to the small town of Traben-Trarbach, which is situated on Germany’s Mosel River and famous for its much-visited “underworld” of wine cellars. Frankfurt-Hahn is located just 30 minutes away by car, a regional airport that was, at least until the arrival of the coronavirus, a budget airline… Read More

The world’s dirty money by the numbers

Thanks for the effort, but you really need to do better. Some EU countries are among the best in the world at implementing technical recommendations to combat money laundering, but this doesn’t necessarily lead to impressive results: In the bloc, only 1.1 percent of estimated illicit proceeds are seized by… Read More

Westpac dumps EY for risk review

Westpac has elected to dump EY for a review of its risk management processes three years after its last review found “known and ongoing risks” within the bank’s anti-money laundering systems including “poor data quality”, “manual workarounds” and “historical underinvestment”. The reviews are required under APRA’s CPS 220 and are… Read More
8th May 2020
A new messaging standard released today is designed to help cryptocurrency firms comply with anti-money laundering regulations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The standard, called IVMS101, defines a uniform model for data that must be exchanged by virtual asset service providers (VASPs) alongside cryptocurrency transactions. The standard will… Read More
6th May 2020
At the start of the pandemic, banks scrambled to increase remote capacity to allow employees to work safely from home. Transaction bankers have had to grapple with an extra layer of complexity: helping large multinational corporations and their vendors within the supply chain adapt to the huge disruption caused by… Read More
29th April 2020
Efforts to deal with corporate malfeasance, employee misconduct, and ethical failings are falling short. Nowhere is this more visible than in the financial sector. More than $400 billion has been paid in fines since the 2008 financial crisis. But one corner of the industry offers hope: It is using behavioral… Read More
2nd April 2020
When hackers broke into computers at Hammersmith Medicines Research, a London-based company that carries out clinical trials for new medicines, it was a nightmare scenario for managing director Malcolm Boyce. The coronavirus crisis was just beginning to take hold in the U.K., and the company was in talks with… Read More
1st April 2020
One subject never fails to light up the eyes of senior bankers and regulators when they’re questioned about their efforts to end the money laundering-related scandals that have spread across northern Europe over the last two years: technology.  There can be no more damning indictment of the integrity of… Read More
31st March 2020
The Treasury Department doesn’t have any near-term plans to relax foreign banks’ obligation to report information about U.S. account holders, despite European Union leaders’ concern about hardships that result for some Americans. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act was enacted to help the U.S. government enforce laws requiring U.S. citizens… Read More
24th March 2020
By David Klein  OCCRP — As COVID-19 shut down the world in less than a month, cybercriminals seized the opportunity to use the Internet to defraud and blackmail people and companies. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that their Scamwatch service has tracked nearly 100 coronavirus related scams… Read More
24th March 2020
Starting today, you can get a taste of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist’s powerful research platform without having to install any software – and use it to explore a set of leaked documents. Datashare, ICIJ’s open-source document analysis tool, is now available online via a web browser, complete with… Read More
12th March 2020
President Duterte has agreed with the Department of Finance (DOF) that moves to strengthen legislative measures to fight money laundering and lifting bank secrecy must be given priority amid concerns that Philippine offshore gaming ope­rators (Pogos) were being used to launder dirty money, a DOF official said on Wednesday. Assistant… Read More
9th March 2020
The FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has released a guidance paper on digital identity systems, to help governments, financial institutions, VASPs (virtual asset service providers) and other regulated entities determine whether such systems are appropriate for CDD (customer due diligence) purposes. The guidance paper was adopted at last month’s… Read More