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Jersey trust company fined $835,000 for opening ‘gateway to possible money laundering’ in Angola

By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 4 March 2021 ICIJ — A court in the Channel Islands has fined a team of accountants and economists who for years ignored “obvious” risks of possible corruption and embezzlement when providing services to an investment management company working with the government… Read More

Cyprus to lift veil of secrecy with register of company owners

Cyprus plans to launch a register in coming months identifying the owners of thousands of companies on the island, lifting a veil of secrecy on opaque and complex corporate structures that campaigners say can help criminals seeking to hide their loot. Details of thousands of companies domiciled on the island,… Read More

Malaysia police investigating spouse of ex-central bank boss over 1MDB funds

Malaysian police said on Wednesday it was investigating the husband of the country’s former central bank head for allegedly receiving funds linked to 1MDB, a state fund at the centre of a massive corruption scandal. Malaysian and U.S authorities have said around $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad… Read More
4th March 2021
More than 20 years ago, a group of former salesmen for Houston software entrepreneur Robert Brockman sued their old boss, claiming in court that he had deprived them of commissions by directing a portion of customer payments to a Cayman Islands entity. Mr. Brockman twice appealed to the Texas… Read More
3rd March 2021
The U.S. Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit is focused on acquiring the resources it needs to implement sweeping new anti-money-laundering reforms—in a way that doesn’t unnecessarily burden the financial industry, its director said. Putting into practice the anti-money-laundering legislation, which was passed in January as part of an annual… Read More
2nd March 2021
By Michael Hudson and Ben Hallman, ICIJ, 1 March 2021 ICIJ — To keep from falling further behind in the battle against criminal money and terrorism financing, the United States must remake the federal agency at the center of the fight, according to a new report… Read More
26th February 2021
Four jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands and Morocco, will undergo increased monitoring as they face pressure from a global watchdog to address deficiencies in their anti-money-laundering efforts. The Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based organization that sets anti-money-laundering law standards, on Thursday added Burkina Faso, the Cayman Islands, Morocco and… Read More
26th February 2021
Luxembourg has dismissed accusations of rampant tax avoidance and insisted that the country respects “all the applicable European and international rules and standards in terms of tax transparency , the fight against tax abuses and the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism”. The duchy is reeling from relevations made public in an exercise dubbed as Openlux, a collaboration… Read More
26th February 2021
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 25 February 2021 ICIJ — A powerful international organization whose members represent the world’s largest economies has issued a strong warning about the “threats and risks” posed by lawyers, accountants and other facilitators who help their clients commit and conceal financial crimes. Read More
25th February 2021
Billions of people around the world are being trapped in poverty by systemic tax abuses, corruption and money laundering, according to a UN commission report calling for a global crackdown. The UN panel on financial integrity for sustainable development urged governments to overhaul tax rules and the banking system… Read More
24th February 2021
One of the most influential figures in Latvian politics has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption. Aivars Lembergs, the mayor of the city of Ventspils since 1988, was convicted by a court in Riga on Monday of bribery and money laundering. The wealthy businessman was immediately arrested… Read More
23rd February 2021
Nationalist MP Karol Aquilina, shadow minister for justice, insisted in parliament on Monday that the government needs to let the institutions work against money laundering, and it also needs to explain why no action has been taken yet against Pilatus Bank, those allegedly involved in kickbacks on the sale of… Read More
17th February 2021
A fine of more than £700,000 has been imposed on three Jersey-based firms owned by a multi-national bank for breaching rules designed to prevent money laundering and financial crime. The actions of a trio of S G Kleinwort Hambros companies, which were found to have made a series of compliance breaches… Read More