31st July 2020
Political parties should adopt anti-money laundering practices to protect democracy, the elections watchdog has said in the wake of the Russia report. Parties are exempt from the regime that requires suspicious transactions of more than £10,000 to be reported to the National Crime Agency. More than £1 billion has been… Read More
27th July 2020
A lawyer at one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms has been accused of relaying an offer of a £1m “bribe” to police officers as part of a bizarre plot to release €300m (£274m) hidden in a Swiss bank account, according to court transcripts obtained by the Guardian. Mike… Read More
27th July 2020
The German finance ministry has unveiled a sweeping reform of financial regulation in the wake of the Wirecard scandal, as pressure mounts on the authorities over their failure to properly police the disgraced payments company. BaFin, the financial regulator, is to be equipped with “sovereign powers” to intervene “directly… Read More
27th July 2020
Philippine investigators say they have identified dozens of people and entities of interest in their probe into Wirecard AG, and are focusing on two bank employees who may have facilitated a multinational accounting scandal at the insolvent German payments company. Wirecard had claimed some $2.1 billion in cash… Read More
24th July 2020
EY drafted an unqualified audit opinion of Wirecard’s accounts in early June despite public concerns that the fintech firm had not been forthcoming about its assets, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The Big Four auditor sent the draft opinion to Wirecard executives just weeks before the Germany company collapsed in… Read More
23rd July 2020
A costly visa favored by Russian oligarchs and other wealthy investors should be completely revised because it was widely exploited and applicants weren’t adequately vetted, according to a report that laid out the scale of the country’s infiltration in U.K. society and politics. “The U.K. welcomed Russian money, and… Read More
23rd July 2020
AP — Two more former executives at bankrupt German payment company Wirecard were arrested on Wednesday in the fraud scandal that brought down the one-time tech star and its former CEO was taken back into custody after the case against him was expanded, prosecutors said. The former Wirecard managers are… Read More
23rd July 2020
A powerful Ohio lawmaker and four associates were arrested and charged on Tuesday in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, 61, was among five men taken into custody and changed in federal court Tuesday morning after FBI agents raided… Read More
23rd July 2020
Britain has left it too late to untangle the web of Russian influence that permeates the upper ranks of the political and business establishment, the Russia report claims. Wealthy and powerful Russians — some linked to President Putin, others who have fled his regime — are deeply entrenched in… Read More
22nd July 2020
The cabinet, in its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, is set to give the go-ahead for a massive increase up to Rs100 million in fine on offenders involved in money laundering in a bid to implement the action plan agreed with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Draft amendments to the… Read More