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Bermuda: Beneficial ownership register to go public

Bermuda’s companies beneficial ownership register is to go public. The island has kept records of the owners of companies for about 70 years, with the information only available to government authorities. The Government said it would pass legislation making the register accessible to the public in 2022. A government spokeswoman… Read More

FBI concerned over laundering risks in private equity, hedge funds – leaked document

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

Malaysia in bid to restrain PetroSaudi from using alleged 1MDB funds in UK firm

The government has filed an application seeking to prohibit PetroSaudi International and its director Tarek Obaid from using over US$340 million in alleged funds from 1MDB kept in a client’s account of a UK law firm. In the application filed on July 10, the government contended that the US$340,258,246.87 in… 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 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
A Russian-Syrian business network has been accused of using Moscow front companies, tax havens in British overseas territories and European countries to transfer millions of dollars around the world for the Assad regime. The network, run by a Russian-Syrian businessman called Mudalal Khouri and his brothers, is said to have… Read More
13th July 2020
Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, son of the former prime minister, and his business partner Hamad Al Wazzan, were arrested on Wednesday night for money laundering related to the Malaysian fund case, known as the 1MBD scandal, Al Qabas reported. Attorney General Dharar Al Asousi issued a warrant… Read More
13th July 2020
The trio of clients that got Deutsche Bank AG in regulatory trouble this week had a shared back story: They were all castoffs of JPMorgan Chase and Co. Deutsche Bank moved millions of dollars across the globe for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the past decade, and… Read More
9th July 2020
Police in Miami on Wednesday arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, U.S. and Mexican officials said. Duarte, who governed the northern border state from 2010 to 2016, has been accused by Mexican authorities of misappropriating… 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
9th July 2020
When Deutsche Bank AG sought out Jeffrey Epstein as a client, he was a convicted Florida sex offender with a publicized taste for young eastern European women. The bank helped him send millions of dollars to his alleged co-conspirators. It handled transfers to women with Russian bank accounts. And… Read More
8th July 2020
By Anastasia Austin, InSight Crime, 7 July 2020 InSight Crime – A criminal group in Argentina has found a novel target for extortion: black market currency dealers who are moving large amounts of cash to dollar-hungry Argentines in an economy hit hard by the pandemic. Known as “cuevas,” or… Read More
8th July 2020
Whenever Venezuelan media mogul Raúl Gorrín flew to Miami — before he was accused by the feds of stealing billions from his own government — he would stay at his waterfront estate in Cocoplum and tool around town in his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. Now federal prosecutors want to take… Read More