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Moscow front companies, tax havens tied to Assad’s ‘chemical arsenal’

A Russian-Syrian business network has been accused of using Moscow front companies, tax havens in British overseas territories and European countries to transfer millions of dollars around the world for the Assad regime. The network, run by a Russian-Syrian businessman called Mudalal Khouri and his brothers, is said to have… Read More

‘Magnitsky Act’ will fail while Britain remains money laundering hub, experts warn

By Adam Bychawski, openDemocracy, 10 July 2020 openDemocracy — MPs and anti-corruption campaigners have warned that the British government’s proposed ‘Magnitsky-style’ sanctions regime is not enough to tackle money laundering amid fears that Britain has become a ‘global hub for financial crime’. On Monday, the UK imposed sanctions against 49… Read More

The Cycle of Kleptocracy: A Congolese State Affair

Last month, more allegations emerged surrounding the Congolese presidential family’s ill-gotten gains. In Florida, US federal prosecutors took steps to seize a Miami penthouse of Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, son of Republic of Congo’s president, a sitting member of parliament and former powerful figure in the national oil company, SNPC. Read More
13th July 2020
The trio of clients that got Deutsche Bank AG in regulatory trouble this week had a shared back story: They were all castoffs of JPMorgan Chase and Co. Deutsche Bank moved millions of dollars across the globe for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the past decade, and… Read More
10th July 2020
German prosecutors are looking into possible money laundering by executives at Wirecard AG, adding to ongoing probes related to potential fraud and fake accounting at the insolvent payments firm. A spokeswoman for the Munich public prosecutor said it was conducting several legal cases related to possible money laundering… Read More
10th July 2020
Dutch banks ING (INGA.AS), ABN Amro (ABNd.AS) and Rabobank said on Wednesday they would join forces in the fight against money laundering by sharing transaction data. Together with the smaller Volksbank and Triodos Bank, the three largest Dutch banks said they would establish an agency to monitor all… Read More
10th July 2020
Amazon.com Inc. agreed to settle allegations that it violated multiple U.S. sanctions regulations, the U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant allegedly provided goods and services to individuals or entities subject to U.S. sanctions, primarily due to deficiencies in the company’s automatic screening processes, according to… Read More
10th July 2020
The Kremlin has said it will impose retaliatory sanctions on the UK after Dominic Raab announced Magnitsky Act-style measures against individuals in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea. Britain’s post-Brexit sanctions, which are designed to stop the laundering of “blood money”, targeted 20 Saudis and 25… Read More
9th July 2020
A Monaco court on Wednesday upheld an earlier ruling dismissing a case against a prominent art dealer accused by a Russian oligarch of fraud and money laundering, lawyers for the art dealer said. Monaco’s appeals court in December ordered the closure of a preliminary investigation opened by local authorities into… Read More
9th July 2020
The Justice Department is examining whether scandal-plagued German payment company Wirecard AG played a critical role in an alleged $100 million bank-fraud conspiracy connected to an online marijuana marketplace, according to people familiar with the investigation. Two businessmen have already been charged in the alleged fraud, accused of… Read More
9th July 2020
A Dutch court on Wednesday said it wanted to question the Dutch bank ING and its former chief executive Ralph Hamers, now heading for UBS, to determine whether to reopen a case that led to ING being fined for lax prevention of money laundering. ING, the largest bank in the… Read More
9th July 2020
Tether and other so-called cryptocurrency stablecoins have long flown under the radar of international regulators. That’s about to change. The Financial Action Task Force, with members from about 200 countries who recommend ways to stop money laundering and the financing of terrorism, said in a report Tuesday that stablecoins… Read More
9th July 2020
The United States government has gained custody of a Nigerian man who could have been behind the multi-million cyberattack on Bank of Valletta in February 2019. The FBI’s criminal complaint says that Ramoni Igbalode Abbas aka “Hushpuppi”, who amassed 2.4 million followers on Instagram flaunting luxury cars, designer clothing,… Read More