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US moves to seize $330m of alleged 1MDB assets held by UK law firm

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has moved to seize $330m (£256m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm which prosecutors allege is derived from the proceeds of one of the world’s largest financial frauds. The DoJ has filed civil forfeiture proceedings against funds… Read More

US imposes sanctions on Iranian intelligence, Hezbollah-linked targets in Lebanon

The United States rolled out sweeping new sanctions on Thursday, blacklisting cyber actors the Donald Trump administration says are backed by Iranian intelligence and Lebanon-based targets it says are linked to Hezbollah. The US Department of Treasury sanctioned two Lebanon-based companies, Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction, for alleged links to the… Read More

China-backed hackers broke into 100 firms and agencies, U.S. says

The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims. The United States government presented the allegations in a set of three… Read More
18th September 2020
The Trump administration threatened Wednesday to impose an array of fresh sanctions to deter China and Russia from selling weapons to Iran after an arms embargo on Washington’s Middle East foe expires next month. Elliott Abrams, the administration’s special envoy for Iran and Venezuela, told reporters that the sanctions “will… Read More
18th September 2020
Following amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) regulations in late 2019, several commercial banks have started to ease the account opening requirements. This change is especially for newly designated low-risk bank accounts which previously excluded thousands of people from joining the formal banking system due to the inability… Read More
17th September 2020
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said Wednesday that a significant overhaul of the nation’s anti-money-laundering regulatory framework is in the works. In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, Fincen said it plans to firm up the definition of an “effective and reasonably designed” AML compliance program, something the regulator said… Read More
17th September 2020
Dutch prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into how a company owned by Sindika Dokolo, the husband of billionaire Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, managed to acquire a lucrative shareholding in the Portuguese oil and gas firm, Galp. The Public Prosecution Service has also frozen the assets of the company,… Read More
17th September 2020
With a goatee beard and an impish demeanor, 33-year-old Chen Zhi makes for an unlikely “oknha,” the honorific title bestowed on businessmen who donate at least $500,000 to public works approved by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Such sums are pocket change to the likes of Chen, one of a… Read More
17th September 2020
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on China’s Union Development Group, the company behind the controversial Dara Sakor tourism development on Cambodia’s coast. The Treasury’s stated reason was that UDG intimidated and evicted families from their homes on the company’s 45,000 hectare concession to make way for the development… Read More
17th September 2020
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has prepared a report on red flag indicators to assist financial institutions, investigating agencies and regulators in detecting misuse of virtual assets for money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes. Virtual assets, which also include cryptocurrencies, are defined as a digital representation of… Read More
16th September 2020
The short-seller that warned about the Wirecard scandal has targeted a second German listed business, this time claiming more than 1,400 British small business owners have fallen prey to an alleged leasing scam. Viceroy Research has published a report that claims Grenke, a finance group that lends to small and… Read More
16th September 2020
Money launderers are exploiting some of China’s top online shopping websites to transfer billions of dollars to offshore gambling companies, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. Individuals seeking to circumvent the nation’s capital flight restrictions, including to gamble online, have been placing fake orders on Pinduoduo and other Chinese shopping… Read More
16th September 2020
Julius Baer may pay tens of millions of dollars to settle U.S. allegations over its role in soccer body FIFA’s corruption affair, the Swiss bank said on Wednesday, adding it will ask shareholders in November to a back a second 2019 dividend tranche. Baer is in what it described as… Read More