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€131m worth of suspicious transactions at Satabank

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

U.S. Targets Russian ‘Evil Corp’ Hacker Group With Sanctions, Indictments

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

Kyrgyz MP Calls on Gov’t to Investigate Money Laundering Allegations

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
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
The Trump administration is moving forward on calls to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations after the killing of nine U.S. citizens in Mexico, with top officials seeking to reach a decision this week, according to three people familiar with the matter. President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet… Read More
5th December 2019
A Russian wire transfer service popular among Tajik migrant labourers has been cut off from the Central Asian nation’s banking system, it said on Wednesday, after Dushanbe rerouted all remittances into a new processing centre. More than a million Tajiks work in Russia, sending home about $2.6 billion a year… Read More
5th December 2019
On the last night of his life, Khusan Kerimov had a package to deliver: $1.6 million in cash. Late in the evening on October 22, he headed for Manas International Airport, a half hour outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It was a routine the 39-year-old taxi driver had down cold, having… Read More
4th December 2019
Citigroup has been identified as one of the four correspondent banks in AUSTRAC’s filing against Westpac, initially referred to as ‘Bank A’ in its statement of claim. According to Investor Daily, the Citi transactions came from one of its European arms, using Westpac to clear the payments and… Read More
4th December 2019
U.S. financial regulators need to issue additional guidance for bank examiners charged with reviewing how lenders monitor accounts held for money transmitting businesses, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Tuesday.  In a 79-page report on why banks have shed accounts for the firms in recent years, the GAO concluded… Read More
3rd December 2019
Malaysia’s former leader Najib Razak started his testimony to defend against allegations involving 42 million ringgit ($10 million) of bribes in a case involving a former unit of troubled state fund 1MDB. He read out his statement slowly in a packed courtroom in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. In his testimony,… Read More
3rd December 2019
The European Commission has asked Malta to clarify how it intends to address Bank of Valletta’s shortcomings over its monitoring of foreign customers who applied to buy Maltese citizenship under a so-called “golden passport” scheme. Malta, with a population of only 420,000, has sought to attract foreign capital with schemes… Read More
3rd December 2019
A Belgian lawyer appeared in a Geneva court on Monday accused of money-laundering and falsifying documents in a case involving Belgium’s richest family, who say she swindled missing shares in brewer InBev worth some $60 million today. The woman, who denies the charges, was convicted in 2016 by a Luxembourg… Read More
3rd December 2019
The U.S. Department of Justice has in recent weeks stepped up its investigation into Deutsche Bank’s role in the 200 billion euro ($220 billion) Danske Bank money laundering scandal, four people familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. One source said the DoJ’s new line of inquiry is whether Deutsche (… Read More