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Taiwanese billionaire with Malaysian, Cambodian, Indonesian titles arrested for alleged money laundering

Chuang Chou-wen (莊周文), a billionaire chairman of a financial holding headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan, has been arrested for his alleged connection to illegal gambling and money-laundering, and as of Wednesday (Nov. 4), he was being held in Changhua, Taiwan. Chuang, the chairman of Xin Li Wang Intl. Holding Group (新力旺國際控股集團),… Read More

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

Company ownership secrecy prevails in Southeast Asia, UN report says

Southeast Asian countries are lagging behind in the adoption of registries with information on companies’ true owners, a tool deemed crucial to fight corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “While transparency in the banking sector is… Read More
23rd September 2020
By Spencer Woodman, ICIJ, 22 September 2020 ICIJ — They pulled ancient Buddha heads out of the ground in war-torn Afghanistan and stole idols from temples in India. They cracked open shrines in Nepal, and in Cambodia bought an 11th-century statue of the Hindu god Shiva on the black… Read More
17th September 2020
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on China’s Union Development Group, the company behind the controversial Dara Sakor tourism development on Cambodia’s coast. The Treasury’s stated reason was that UDG intimidated and evicted families from their homes on the company’s 45,000 hectare concession to make way for the development… Read More
12th August 2020
A parliamentary intelligence committee recently highlighted how President Vladimir Putin’s Russia wields malign influence inside the United Kingdom – and not just through disinformation and deadly spy-craft. The committee’s report also examined how Putin’s agents and allies – and crucially, their money – have infiltrated the business, social and political… Read More
24th July 2020
Ngeth Both guards one of the many newly built high-rise condominiums in Koh Pich, a luxury district in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Both’s job is quiet most days. There is almost no traffic in the street, and there is hardly anyone living inside the condo. “It’s always quiet. Each… Read More
16th June 2020
Dozens of scantily dressed Filipina croupiers stand in booths shuffling cards in front of a webcam, their faces softly illuminated by professional lighting. Nearby, rows of Chinese nationals sit at desks chatting on cellphones with potential clients back in China. This is what a typical POGO — or a Philippine… Read More
18th May 2020
The draft law on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) has been approved at a Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The law is designed to guarantee against AML/CFT by identifying measures to prevent it, crack down on it and combat such activities… Read More
15th May 2020
Three men were arrested on Thursday over the laundering of HK$54 million (US$7 million) that police said was conned out of 15 Hongkongers, including a 76-year-old woman who lost HK$25 million. The alleged members of a money-laundering syndicate in Hong Kong held bank accounts that were used since December to… 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
1st May 2020
In January, the wife of Cambodia’s most senior police officer dropped €2.5 million (US$2.7 million) on a pair of two-storey villas on the coast of Cyprus, Radio Free Asia has learned. Part of the Cap St Georges luxury development, where pop star Shakira also owns a home, the two-storey villas… Read More
10th December 2019
The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions on a businessman and a senior government official with close links to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accusing them of corruption. The measures come as western countries step up pressure on Hun Sen over a crackdown on the opposition and after the United States… Read More