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Where FATF crypto compliance gets interesting: Africa

Africa isn’t included on the virtual asset regulatory map just yet. But crypto businesses seeing strong growth across the 54-country continent are working hard on know-your-customer (KYC) rules to meet the exacting standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). A broad range of entities operating in Africa,… Read More

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Former Prime Minister, Found Guilty in Money Laundering Trial

A Malaysian court on Tuesday found Najib Razak, the country’s former prime minister, guilty of corruption on charges stemming from the disappearance of $4.5 billion from a government investment fund he once controlled. The trial, the first of several related to the pilfering of funds from the 1 Malaysia… Read More

Senior employee at Mastercard was ‘involved in money laundering’

A Mastercard executive allegedly was involved in a money-laundering operation at a bank accused of terrorist financing and organised crime that had links to Wirecard, the disgraced German payments group. A report commissioned by the owners of FBME Bank in Cyprus uncovered evidence of apparent criminal activity, including an… Read More
23rd July 2020
A leading U.S. banking regulator said on Wednesday that national banks may provide custody services for cryptocurrencies. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said in a new letter that providing custody and safekeeping services for cryptocurrencies, including holding “keys” needed to access cryptocurrency holdings, is a modern version… Read More
21st July 2020
Around 10,000 defunct companies have been stricken off the Malta Business Registry, in another move intended to improve the island’s reputation. Companies were taken off the list when they failed to file annual reports or accounts or did not give official ownership information. Malta now has 96,000 companies on the… Read More
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
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
Streamlining anti-money laundering checks, longer central bank opening hours and linking national systems would cut cross-border payment costs, global regulators said on Monday. Payments have come under the spotlight since Facebook proposed its Libra digital stablecoin, prompting central banks to think about launching their own digital currency. A report by… Read More
15th July 2020
The third co-founder of a cryptocurrency firm plans to plead guilty to duping investors into putting more than $25 million in an initial coin offering that the company promoted with the help of celebrities including boxer Floyd Mayweather and musician DJ Khaled. Sohrab “Sam” Sharma, co-founder of Centra Tech Inc.,… Read More
14th July 2020
Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has halted the work of an international Internet network on money laundering through cryptocurrency instruments, the SBU’s press center has reported. “According to the special service, a group of IDPs from the temporarily occupied territories created a number of online sites between 2017 and 2020. They… Read More
10th July 2020
Growth in cryptocurrency adoption in recent years has attracted public interest, investment opportunities and regulatory attention. While cryptocurrency-related headlines are now commonplace, cryptocurrency mining remains an obscure topic to most. Anti-financial crime professionals familiarizing themselves with cryptocurrency risks should be certain to focus on what may appear to be a… Read More
9th July 2020
Tether and other so-called cryptocurrency stablecoins have long flown under the radar of international regulators. That’s about to change. The Financial Action Task Force, with members from about 200 countries who recommend ways to stop money laundering and the financing of terrorism, said in a report Tuesday that stablecoins… Read More