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U.S. Targets Russian ‘Evil Corp’ Hacker Group With Sanctions, Indictments

The Trump administration Thursday placed a $5 million bounty on the leader of a Russian hacker group called Evil Corp for his alleged work for Moscow’s intelligence agency, part of what U.S. officials say is a broader reprisal for a Kremlin-directed cyber offensive against the U.S. The State Department’s action against Maksim Yakubets… Read More

Kyrgyz MP Calls on Gov’t to Investigate Money Laundering Allegations

A member of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament is proposing further government investigation following reports by OCCRP and its media partners that the country has harbored money laundering that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and has cost the lives of currency couriers crossing its borders. Maksat Sabirov on Thursday… Read More

What Westpac’s Woes Tell Us About AML Compliance

As the fallout from Westpac’s massive money-laundering scandal continues, compliance officers would be well advised to spend some time reviewing how the bank’s troubles began. For that, we can turn to AUSTRAC’s recent civil action against the lender alleging over 23-million breaches of domestic AML/CTF legislation, each carrying a maximum fine… Read More
5th December 2019
On the last night of his life, Khusan Kerimov had a package to deliver: $1.6 million in cash. Late in the evening on October 22, he headed for Manas International Airport, a half hour outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It was a routine the 39-year-old taxi driver had down cold, having… Read More
4th December 2019
Citigroup has been identified as one of the four correspondent banks in AUSTRAC’s filing against Westpac, initially referred to as ‘Bank A’ in its statement of claim. According to Investor Daily, the Citi transactions came from one of its European arms, using Westpac to clear the payments and… Read More
4th December 2019
More than £190m of assets, including a £50m mansion overlooking Hyde Park in London, have been seized from a Pakistani property tycoon after a settlement in a UK police “dirty money” investigation. On Tuesday, the National Crime Agency said Malik Riaz Hussain had agreed to the multimillion-pound settlement that did… Read More
4th December 2019
Swiss financial markets supervisor FINMA must reconsider its confiscation of 95 million Swiss francs ($95.27 million) from Banca della Svizzera Italiana (BSI), after a court called its calculation of the amount seized “incomprehensible”. BSI was bought by EFG International in 2016 from Brazil’s BTG Pactual after becoming tangled in legal… Read More
3rd December 2019
Malaysia’s former leader Najib Razak started his testimony to defend against allegations involving 42 million ringgit ($10 million) of bribes in a case involving a former unit of troubled state fund 1MDB. He read out his statement slowly in a packed courtroom in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. In his testimony,… Read More
3rd December 2019
A Belgian lawyer appeared in a Geneva court on Monday accused of money-laundering and falsifying documents in a case involving Belgium’s richest family, who say she swindled missing shares in brewer InBev worth some $60 million today. The woman, who denies the charges, was convicted in 2016 by a Luxembourg… Read More
2nd December 2019
A man was arrested in California and accused of traveling to North Korea to deliver a presentation on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology that could help the country evade sanctions, federal prosecutors in New York said Friday. Virgil Griffith, 36, was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after he… Read More
29th November 2019
Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp offered to refund people who bought new shares weeks before a lawsuit accusing it of millions of breaches of money laundering laws, a move some investors said was to fend off criticism about its transparency. The country’s oldest and second-largest bank has… Read More
29th November 2019
The Trump administration assured U.S. banks on Wednesday that they can temporarily process U.S. dollar transactions on a Dalian unit of China’s biggest shipping company COSCO that Washington had imposed sanctions on over suspicions it transported oil from Iran. The United States’ sanctions on Sept. 25 pushed global freight costs… Read More
29th November 2019
Police from Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore mounted a joint operation and busted a transnational syndicate that swindled 139 women out of HK$34 million (US$4.34 million) in online romance scams, local police said on Thursday. The three-day transnational police operation, code-named “Soarblaze”, led to the arrests of 39 people,… Read More