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Criminals use real estate transactions in PH to wash dirty money — anti-money laundering body

Criminals are using real estate transactions to launder dirty money in the Philippines, a top official of the Anti-Money Laundering Council revealed. AMLC Executive Director Atty. Mel Racela confirmed this during a Senate hearing on Wednesday after lawmakers asked him why real estate developers and brokers should report cash transactions… Read More

The AML System: A Failure of Statecraft?

Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of the… Read More

Bahamas Plans E-Currency to Connect Far-Flung Island Beaches

The Bahamas is set to beat some of the world’s superpowers in launching a sovereign digital currency. After piloting the so-called Sand Dollar on the islands of Exuma and Abaco late last year, the central bank will roll out the e-currency nationwide in October. Officials say it will make digital… Read More
26th May 2020
The group’s name alone reflects its combative mission: The collective of transparency activists calls itself Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS), a name that recalls denial of service, a form of online attack that knocks out servers and websites by targeting them with huge numbers of superfluous requests. Committed as they… Read More
19th May 2020
By Anastasia Austin, InSight Crime, 18 May 2020 InSight Crime — The European Union’s latest money laundering blacklist included four Caribbean nations that have been deemed to be high-risk countries. The list was met by cries of unfairness from officials, but why were these countries added in the first place… Read More
7th May 2020
The European Commission aims to intensify its scrutiny of states posing money-laundering risks, and is looking into creating a new body to help police financial crime and monitor banks more strictly, draft documents seen by Reuters show. One document, expected to be published on Thursday, adds Panama and other countries… Read More
27th March 2020
An information exchange between a Spanish judge and a Swiss prosecutor has shed new light on an ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities involving emeritus king Juan Carlos I, the father of Spain’s reigning monarch Felipe VI. Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, has been waiting for the Swiss… Read More
5th March 2020
Swiss public prosecutors are investigating a 100 million dollar bank account held by Spain’s king emeritus Juan Carlos I in Geneva, according to the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève. This money allegedly has its origin in a donation made in 2007 by the Saudi royal house’s finance ministry to the… Read More
14th February 2020
The European Union will add the Cayman Islands to a blacklist of foreign tax havens after the UK overseas territory failed to pass legislation that adequately addressed concerns about businesses seeking tax advantages in the jurisdiction, the Financial Times reported. EU27 ambassadors voted on Wednesday to include the Cayman… Read More
10th February 2020
An investigation has been opened targetting Belgian Prince Henri De Croÿ’s alleged tax evasion network, which he is accused of using to help funnel millions in funds into tax havens. Finance Minister Alexandre de Croo confirmed that the Special Tax Inspectorate (ISI) was building up files on taxpayers whose names… Read More
30th July 2019
John Christensen called Jersey home. A native of the scenic isle off England’s southern coast, he was a government economist with a hillside villa that had views of France. “I was set,” Christensen said last month in an interview at a London cafe. “We had a pretty good lifestyle and… Read More
17th December 2018
AP — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges. The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for… Read More
30th May 2018
The Council of the EU has removed the Bahamas and Saint Kitts and Nevis from its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, following commitments to remedy EU concerns. EU experts have assessed their commitments and the jurisdictions have now been upgraded from the blacklist (annex I) to the grey list… Read More