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Luxembourg’s fund sector faces risk of abuse

Drug trafficking, fraud, forgery, tax crimes, corruption and bribery are “very high threats” to the Luxembourg funds industry, according to a study by the country’s financial regulator. The risk for abuse is high in the Grand Duchy, according to the CSSF’s first national risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist… Read More

Facebook’s ‘Failed’ Libra Cryptocurrency Is No Closer to Release

Facebook Inc.’s Libra cryptocurrency starts 2020 looking no closer to release, with authorities in its base in Switzerland raising fresh questions about its suitability as a global currency. Swiss finance minister Ueli Maurer said on Dec. 27 in Bern that the country can’t approve Libra in its current form, telegraphing… Read More

INX Media Case: Enforcement Directorate Questions Karti Chidambaram Again

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Monday for questioning in the INX Media money-laundering case, officials said. The investigating officer of the case recorded the statement of Karti, a Congress Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga, under the Prevention of… Read More
21st January 2020
Former Socialist minister António Vitorino – once tipped as a contender for party leader – is being cited by Spanish prosecutors over a “scheme of corruption and money laundering” involving more than €35 million in Venezuelan funds. Vitorino has denied the allegations, saying they are “absolutely false”. The story is… Read More
21st January 2020
If the police did nothing on reports compiled and sent by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, what was the point of having these reports, former FIAU director Manfred Galdes said. He said it was suspicious that the FIAU lacked resources – and were not given any – at the time… Read More
20th January 2020
Pausing at the entrance to a star-studded bash at the Cannes Film Festival, ’90s icon Sharon Stone flashed her one-of-a-kind cuff bracelet. It was a wraparound hippo with rubies for eyes, sapphire nostrils and white diamond teeth. Its body was covered in brown, gray and white diamonds. The dazzling ornament… Read More
20th January 2020
British ministers have been accused of “not being serious” about a crackdown on ghost companies after it emerged that a Scottish firm at the centre of a big lobbying scandal had ignored new transparency rules. The UK government has come under increasing pressure to stamp out the abuse of Scottish… Read More
20th January 2020
A company that illegally processed millions of euros worth of payments for an online gambling operation will not face any criminal charges after reaching a €2.34 million settlement with the Malta Gaming Authority. An industry source familiar with the settlement said the authorities had decided to close off the case… Read More
17th January 2020
Estonian authorities have expanded their investigation into alleged money laundering through Danske Bank’s (DANSKE.CO) local branch to cover transfers of up to $2 billion, the Estonian prosecutor said on Thursday. Widening of the investigation in Estonia adds to pressure on Danske Bank, as the lender and its investors await… Read More
17th January 2020
The authorities will be looking into reports that banks in Malta were used by the Italian mafia in a massive operation in Sicily that defrauded the European Union of millions of euros in funds for farmers, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said. The public prosecutor in Messina said on… Read More
17th January 2020
An Italian court on Thursday backed a decision last year by supervisors at the Bank of Italy prohibiting Dutch lender ING from taking on new customers in Italy over a money laundering case. The central bank also ordered the lender to remove its Italian CEO. The Bank of Italy measure,… Read More
17th January 2020
Portugal’s central bank is carrying out an inspection of small local lender Eurobic, in which Angolan billionaire and former first daughter Isabel dos Santos is the main shareholder, to assess its procedures against money laundering, Eurobic said. Responding to questions from Reuters, the unlisted bank said on Thursday it was… Read More
17th January 2020
Lebanon’s central bank has asked banks to review transfers of funds abroad by politicians and government employees between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, when anti-government protests led banks to enforce informal capital controls that blocked such transfers. The move appeared to be a step towards probing movements of money out… Read More