16th July 2020
In early May, border force officers at the UK’s bustling Dover port intercepted a shipment described as “medical supplies”, apparently addressed to a London hospital. However, concealed under medical dry ice, police found more than a quarter of a tonne of cocaine, carrying a street value of as much as… Read More
16th July 2020
A long-awaited advisory from the US’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has changed the rules of the game for maritime trade. The sanctions regulator – which sits within the Department of the Treasury and has the power to hand out multi-billion dollar fines to entities anywhere in the world… Read More
16th July 2020
Stablecoins are very much in vogue, especially after the launch of Facebook’s Libra project in Geneva last year. This type of digital cryptocurrency is backed by regular money or commodities that better control price fluctuations than bitcoin, whose value depends exclusively on the level of demand. AgAu says it… Read More
16th July 2020
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation believes firms in the nearly $10-trillion private investment funds industry are being used as vehicles for laundering money at scale, according to a leaked intelligence bulletin prepared by the agency in May. “Threat actors” — including criminals in it for the money and foreign… Read More
15th July 2020
The story line seems familiar. U.S. prosecutors win a significant conviction. Then evidence emerges that suggests possible misconduct by investigators, and the prosecution asks the judge to dismiss the charges. It happened to Michael Flynn, the onetime Trump aide who’s on the verge of walking away from his guilty pleas. Read More
13th July 2020
Last month, more allegations emerged surrounding the Congolese presidential family’s ill-gotten gains. In Florida, US federal prosecutors took steps to seize a Miami penthouse of Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, son of Republic of Congo’s president, a sitting member of parliament and former powerful figure in the national oil company, SNPC. Read More
9th July 2020
London’s lockdown led to a plunge in tips to Britain’s markets watchdog. With traders working from home, reports of suspicious transactions and possible abuse fell in April to their lowest level since current regulations took effect in 2016, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News through a public-records request. “As… Read More
8th July 2020
Italy’s Banca Generali and other investors from around the world purchased bonds partly backed by the illicit proceeds of the ’Ndrangheta mafia group, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing financial and legal documents. The private bonds stemmed from unpaid invoices owed by Italian public health authorities that were… Read More
7th July 2020
MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri says the financial regulator is ready to take on a new role that will bolster its investigative and supervisory powers against the problems of financial crime that risk Malta’s greylisting by Moneyval. There is serious talk about Malta’s possible grey listing from Moneyval. Let’s start with… Read More
7th July 2020
An Iranian conglomerate owned by the country’s military and tied to its missile program has established a retail foothold in Venezuela, according to officials and records detailing the move, deepening Tehran’s involvement with the Maduro government. The Iranian firm is working with the Maduro government’s troubled emergency food program, which… Read More