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U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account

Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with the matter, including one U.S. government official. The transaction… Read More

Hong Kong authorities freeze HK$900 million in crackdown on ‘ramp and dump’ scam

More than HK$900 million (US$116 million) in suspected crime proceeds has been frozen in an unprecedented joint crackdown by Hong Kong police and stock regulators against so-called “ramp and dump” online investment scams, the Post has learned. Twelve Hongkongers – seven men and five women – were arrested over the… Read More

Deloitte to Pay Malaysia $80 Million in 1MDB-Related Settlement

Deloitte PLT agreed to a 324-million ringgit ($80 million) settlement with the Malaysian government to resolve all claims related to the firm’s audit of 1MDB and its former unit SRC International between 2011-2014. The payout is the largest 1MDB-related settlement by an audit firm in Southeast Asia, the Finance… Read More
4th March 2021
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
Singapore’s central bank has told financial firms to be vigilant to any suspicious transactions or fund flows between the city-state and Myanmar, a circular seen by Reuters showed, citing concerns over the potential for financial crimes. In the Feb 25th circular, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reminded all chief… Read More
3rd March 2021
Using forged bank statements, fake companies and by bribing bank workers, a woman conspired with a man to cheat three banks into disbursing S$1.77 million in loans. Tan You Jia, 50, was given four-and-a-half years’ jail on Wednesday (Mar 3), after pleading guilty to six charges of bribery and cheating… Read More
3rd March 2021
B.C. casino investigators probed real estate lawyers whom they had connected to private mortgages, organized crime and an alleged transnational money-laundering scheme, the province’s inquiry has heard. In testimony Tuesday at the Cullen Commission, Brad Rudnicki, a BC Lottery Corporation anti-money laundering intelligence specialist, said his investigations suggested… Read More
3rd March 2021
In one of the biggest money laundering cases registered by it so far, the Enforcement Directorate has started attachment of assets of people associated with main accused Naresh Jain, a hawala dealer. Jain and his associates earned Rs 565 crore just through… Read More
3rd March 2021
Pakistan will have to make further legislation on at least two counts to meet three outstanding benchmarks of the 27-point action plan of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) before the June deadline. Also, the government will have to submit an updated report within a month… Read More
2nd March 2021
PwC’s financial crimes specialist Peter Forwood says AUSTRAC-regulated entities should brace themselves for more billion-dollar fines as eye-watering penalties now form a central part of the enforcement strategy. Mr Forwood said he expected AUSTRAC to continue the strategy that forced two Australian banks to cough up $2 billion in penalties. Read More
2nd March 2021
A series of controversial deals that took place before Wirecard AG purchased an Indian business appeared to be an “evolving international fraud,” a panel of London judges said. The transactions in 2015 are being scrutinized in courts in London and Chennai, with the former minority holders of Hermes I-Tickets Private… Read More
2nd March 2021
Lawyers representing Meng Wanzhou tried to discredit evidence presented by U.S. officials in her extradition hearing, arguing a banker at HSBC Holdings Plc knew that a company doing business with Iran was actually an affiliate of Huawei Technologies Co. One of Meng’s lawyers, Frank Addario, told the… Read More
2nd March 2021
B.C.’s inquiry into money laundering has heard stunning evidence about connections between B.C. government casinos, casinos in Macau and Las Vegas, and international drug traffickers and loan sharks moving money between Vancouver, Latin America and Asia via Chinese underground banks. The Cullen Commission heard new details on Monday about… Read More