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North Koreans Accused of Laundering $2.5 Billion for Nuclear Program

North Korean and Chinese citizens are operating a multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme to help fund the North’s nuclear weapons program, the Justice Department said in an indictment unsealed on Thursday. The case underscores the Trump administration’s inability to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program through diplomacy. The department charged 28… Read More

Feds Arrest Member of Fin7, Group Tied to a Billion Dollars Worth of Hacks

Authorities recently arrested an alleged member of the prolific hacking group known as Fin7, whose victims include Chipotle and other fast food restaurants, casinos, and credit unions, according to newly unsealed court records. The news signals a notch against one of the world’s most sophisticated and successful financially motivated hacking… Read More

Asia-Pacific drug trade thrives amid COVID-19 pandemic

Illicit drug markets in the Asia-Pacific continue to expand and diversify and appear to be largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations said on Friday. The production of methamphetamine, the most popular drug in the region, continues to hit record highs while prices fall to new lows in… Read More
10th April 2020
A lawyer representing a Myanmar businessman on Thursday threatened to file a complaint against a team of highway police for allegedly abusing their authority and illegally detaining two Myanmar suspects who were arrested for smuggling Thai currency into the country without declaring it to customs. Ananchai Chaidej, who represents an… Read More
30th March 2020
It is a sad fact that, even today, enforcement action against the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) usually begins and ends with a seizure of illegal wildlife products. Financial investigations – routine for other serious crimes – are seldom undertaken for IWT. In recent years, however, a growing consensus has… Read More
16th October 2019
He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected… Read More
31st July 2019
Anti-narcotic investigators are searching for signs of money laundering in the casinos that have spread across Sihanoukville, a Cambodian coastal city that has become a magnet for Chinese high-rollers, amid the booming methamphetamine market in Southeast Asia. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates the region’s meth market… Read More
10th August 2018
A former Thai Buddhist monk who provoked outrage with his lavish lifestyle was sentenced on Thursday to 114 years in prison after a court found him guilty of fraud, money laundering and computer crimes. Wirapol Sukphol, who was seen in a YouTube video in 2013 holding wads of cash on… Read More
13th November 2017
By David Conn, Phakarat Ryn Jirenuwat, GUARDIAN The company which owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions is to face multimillion-pound corruption charges in Thailand. A judge at Thailand’s central court for corruption and misconduct cases ruled at a hearing on Monday… Read More
18th October 2017
18 October 2017 Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Suphanida Thakral, and Panu Wongcha-um, REUTERS The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht… Read More
10th October 2017
10 October 2017 The Nation A call-centre-scam gang has duplicated the Line account of Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) deputy chief Pol Major-General Romsit Weeriyasan to dupe a victim into wiring almost Bt1 million for “inspection”, Romsit revealed on Monday. Romsit, now acting AMLO chief, urged people to remain calm, not… Read More
27th July 2017
Thailand’s anti-money-laundering efforts have paid off and the country is confident it will no longer be included in any blacklist. A review by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) shows Thailand’s measures against money laundering are now on a par with Singapore. “Definitely, we will not be blacklisted again,”… Read More
29th June 2017
A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme. Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, formerly of Bangkok, Thailand, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Read More