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JPMorgan Dropped Accounts That Became Bad News for Deutsche Bank

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

Estonia claims share of any U.S. fines in money laundering scandal

Estonia said on Friday that it wanted to receive a share of any fines imposed by the United States if banks are found guilty of money laundering in the Baltic nation in ongoing inquiries. U.S. authorities are investigating Denmark’s largest bank Danske (DANSKE.CO), which was forced out of Estonia… Read More

Bank of Estonia: SEB fine shows banks could step up money-laundering fight

Estonian banks need to develop and improve their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) processes, including by having smarter know-your-client systems, the Bank of Estonia says, following a €1 million the Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) imposed on the Scandinavian-owned SEB Pank on Thursday. This would be made easier by legislative changes and more… Read More
4th June 2020
The prosecutor’s office has sent the large-scale money-laundering case of entrepreneur Tiiu Jarviste and her two fellow accused to court, Postimees reports. About to face trial in addition to Jarviste, 56, are also Aleksei Dremov, 40, and Andrii Danchak, 37 — the latter is the only one of the three… Read More
1st June 2020
Denmark’s state prosecutor has dropped its investigation into whether accounting firm EY breached anti-money laundering laws in connection with its audit of Danske Bank, the Danish Business Authority said on Friday. Some 200 billion euros ($222.74 billion) in payments flowed through the non-resident portfolio of Danske’s Estonian branch between 2007… Read More
22nd May 2020
A plan to boost European Union powers to curb the flow of dirty money through banks faced resistance at an EU meeting from member states recently hit by major money-laundering and financial fraud scandals, three officials told Reuters. The EU is discussing how to strengthen its scrutiny of the financial… Read More
19th May 2020
By Mattias Carlsson, Holger Roonemaa, Oliver Kund and Hannes Munzinger, OCCRP, 18 May 2020 OCCRP — Rita is almost 13,000 euros in debt and was convicted of shoplifting a bottle of gin. Ricardo is unemployed and has been arrested several times for drug possession and driving without a license. His mother,… Read More
15th May 2020
Several former employees of Swedbank AB were charged by authorities in Latvia with money laundering after its branch there reported suspicious transactions involving large sums of cash as recently as 2017. Latvian prosecutors filed allegations against 11 people, including ex-employees of Swedbank’s local unit, earlier this year, Laura Majevska,… Read More
15th May 2020
The European Commission says that Estonia has not fully implemented the European Union Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD). The commission sent a letter of formal notice to Estonia Thursday, stating that Estonia, in the commission’s opinion, has not correctly transposed the 4MLD, which concerns the misuse of a member state’s… Read More
30th April 2020
At times it can seem as if Swedbank’s recent history has been taken from the plot of a Nordic noir novel. There is a procedural bleakness to the Swedish bank’s money laundering scandal and a complexity to it all that does little to resolve the moral ambiguities of institutional malfeasance. Read More
29th April 2020
By Sanne Wass, S&P Global Market Intelligence, 27 April 2020 Read more at S&P Global Market Intelligence Photo (cropped and edited): Finn Årup Nielsen [CC BY-SA 3.0] RiskScreen: Eliminating Financial Crime with Smart Technology… Read More
26th March 2020
Sweden’s financial supervisory authority has delayed the conclusion of an anti-money laundering assessment of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB due to the coronavirus pandemic. The assessment of the Swedish bank was expected to conclude in April, but the Swedish FSA, known as the Finansinspektionen, said Wednesday that it was now… Read More
24th March 2020
Swedbank (SWEDa.ST) has canceled the severance pay of former CEO Birgitte Bonnesen on Monday after a report by its law firm said she failed to address deficiencies in the bank’s anti-money laundering controls during her years at the helm. Shares in Sweden’s oldest retail bank lost a third of… Read More