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‘MaltaFiles’ firm Credence fined €261,000 over money laundering shortcomings

Corporate services provider Credence, which featured in an extensive European Investigation Collaborations exposé on tax avoidance in Malta, has been fined €261,000 by the Financial Investigation Analysis Unit for breaches of various money laundering obligations. Credence Corporate Advisory Services is a Maltese law firm which featured in stories on the… Read More

U.S. Banking Regulators Issue CDD Guidance for Charities, Non-Profits

U.S. federal authorities on Thursday issued fresh Bank Secrecy Act guidance for banks providing services to charities and non-profit organizations (NPOs) as part of an effort to ensure that the groups retain access to financial pipelines. The joint fact-sheet—issued by the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,… Read More

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder guilty on two more charges of terrorism financing

A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai siege, to 10 years in prison on two charges of terrorism financing, his lawyer said. The sentences for the two charges –… Read More
18th November 2020
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak asked a U.S. court on Tuesday for permission to seek documents and testimony from investment bank Goldman Sachs to help in his defence against criminal charges in Malaysia over the 1MDB financial scandal. Najib, who is on bail after being sentenced to 12 years… Read More
11th November 2020
On a cool Saturday evening in March, Jan Marsalek headed across Munich for dinner at the home of a friend. It was a welcome respite for the chief operating officer of German payment processor Wirecard AG, as the previous few weeks had been particularly exacting. Allegations of accounting fraud… Read More
10th November 2020
Who owned 221b Baker Street, the London property that served as Sherlock Holmes’s fictional home, has been a mystery worthy of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. For five years there has been speculation about the identity f the flat’s proprietor. The Times can now reveal that the building — along… Read More
10th November 2020
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged authorities on Monday to look into a report accusing a top aide of financial impropriety, while calling it part of a media campaign aimed at bringing his administration into disrepute. Newspaper El Universal said Lopez Obrador’s private secretary Alejandro Esquer had hired shell… Read More
10th November 2020
By Héctor Silva Ávalos, InSight Crime, 8 November 2020 InSightCrime – Tegucigalpa mayor Nasry “Tito” Asfura — who has announced he will run for president in Honduras’ 2021 elections — has been named in a government investigation into the embezzlement of more than a million dollars in city funds,… Read More
9th November 2020
Juan Carlos, Spain’s exiled king, has been linked to an investigation into the transfer of millions of euros from an offshore account, part of a third corruption inquiry into his finances. Attempts to transfer funds from an active account registered in Jersey, a tax haven, were recently detected by Spain’s… Read More
5th November 2020
Germany’s financial establishment came under pressure yesterday after its handling of the collapse of Wirecard, the digital payments company, was strongly criticised by Europe’s markets watchdog. Bafin, the German regulator, faces questions about its competence and probity after the European Securities and Markets Authority said that it was deficient… Read More
4th November 2020
OCCRP — In what must have been one of the most aggressive reactions to being featured in the Panama Papers, Turkish multi-millionaire Mehmet Cengiz dialed up a Turkish newsroom to threaten the journalists who worked there. “You put my face on the front page — have you no… Read More
3rd November 2020
The International Compliance Association’s BIG Compliance Festival concluded on a high note last week as financial crime expert and Compliance Week columnist Martin Woods sat down with Dr. Marcus Pleyer, president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), for an exclusive interview. In a wide-ranging and forward-looking discussion, Pleyer emphasized… Read More
3rd November 2020
British entrepreneurs are flocking to become “e-residents” of Estonia to take advantage of company formation rules and avoid the economic fallout from leaving the European Union. The scheme, which was set up in 2014, allows non-Estonians access to services such as company formation, banking and taxation. Since then, 3,372 British… Read More