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NSW Police, AUSTRAC Disrupt Money Laundering Operation

Two men have been arrested and charged over illegal transfers of currency into offshore accounts as part of an investigation that began in June. Australian police have charged two men in NSW as part of ongoing investigations into an international money laundering operation. The two were arrested last week and… Read More

Australia: Liquid meth worth $123m found in mustard bottles

Four alleged members of a sophisticated Vietnamese-Australian crime syndicate have been arrested after $123 million worth of liquid methamphetamine was found concealed in a shipment of mustard bottles. Border force officials intercepted a shipment of more than 1600 bottles of classic yellow mustard that arrived via air cargo from Chicago… Read More

Crown chief had to be ‘led by nose’ to ‘irresistible’ money laundering realisation: inquiry

Crown Resorts cannot be trusted to hold the gaming licence for its new Sydney casino because it continually resisted warning signs money laundering was occurring at its Melbourne and Perth venues and had to be “led by the nose” to the “obvious” and “irresistible” realisation, an inquiry has heard. The… Read More
20th November 2020
Australia’s longest-running bribery investigation came to a head on Wednesday with the arrest in Queensland of a former senior executive from construction giant Leighton Holdings over his alleged involvement in a $1 billion international graft scandal. The charging of Russell Waugh comes after two Monaco-based brothers turned police supergrasses… Read More
19th November 2020
An explosive foreign interference investigation into a New South Wales Labor MP’s former staffer has widened to focus on money laundering after around $60,000 in bundles of cash was seized from the Chinese-Australian man’s Sydney home. Documents filed in the High Court by lawyers for the prime suspect, 62-year-old John… Read More
19th November 2020
Two southern Sydney men have been charged with dozens of offences under money laundering laws for allegedly transferring at least $2.3 million offshore after nine victims across Australia were defrauded of the money. NSW Police arrested the men, Mark Estephan and Jamie Ronald Close, on Tuesday following a fraud investigation… Read More
18th November 2020
The Australian man accused of running the local arm of an alleged cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme that torched $US2.5 billion ($3.4 billion) of investment worldwide has been charged with offences that carry jail terms of up to ten years. John Louis Anthony Bigatton, first reported in early 2019 by The Age and The Sydney… Read More
17th November 2020
Crown says it will stop dealing with any junket operators unless they are licensed, as unprecedented scrutiny of their use by three regulators puts pressure on the company’s casino licences and its share price. The decision, which Crown announced to the ASX on Tuesday morning, builds on the company’s move in… Read More
17th November 2020
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the Government’s $53.5 million purchase of a highly contaminated parcel of land near Parramatta should be fully investigated and could be sent to the state’s anti-corruption watchdog. Ms Berejiklian was responding to a joint 7.30 and The Sydney Morning Herald investigation into a… Read More
13th November 2020
Financial intelligence regulator AUSTRAC is preparing to unleash a wave of guidance including as many as five detailed risk assessments for banks and non-bank lenders and a new division that will engage directly with regulated entities and spell out what is expected of them. The enigmatic regulator is preparing as… Read More
10th November 2020
A massive rise in the number of transactions reported to financial crimes agency AUSTRAC has been partly driven by institutions submitting unnecessary reports of varying quality because they are petrified of being handed billion-dollar fines. Since the financial intelligence regulator steamrolled Commonwealth Bank in mid-2017 for more than 50,000… Read More
10th November 2020
The Crown Resorts probity inquiry has raised the prospect of the casino giant facing criminal charges for dealing with the proceeds of crime after it allowed dirty cash to be laundered through its bank accounts. In the fourth day of closing submissions to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority… Read More
10th November 2020
The ink was hardly dry on a written pledge to stamp out “unfettered cronyism” at regional rail operator V/Line when then-chief executive James Pinder secretly offered a job with a salary exceeding $200,000 to a mate. “For you brother, everything is possible,” Pinder wrote to Metro’s operational fleet manager Peter… Read More