6th February 2019
Scandal-hit Danske Bank is looking to invest up to DKK 2 billion (about $306 million) on its financial crime prevention efforts following headline-hitting allegations that it may have been used to launder €200 billion. The bank’s troubles are centred around the non-resident portfolio at its Estonian branch, where it said… Read More
1st February 2019
Danish and Estonian financial regulators are blaming each other for the Danske Bank money laundering scandal, which has highlighted the need for better cross-border surveillance. Denmark’s largest lender is being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States over 200 billion euros ($229 billion) of suspicious payments through its… Read More
28th January 2019
Lithuania has taken extra measures to prevent money-laundering after bank scandals in Latvia and Estonia which have harmed its reputation, its central bank Governor Vitas Vasiliauskas said. The euro-zone member has so far avoided any major financial scandals of its own but felt it needed to improve its safeguards, Vasiliauskas,… Read More
18th January 2019
Estonia has dropped plans for a rule that would demand people suspected of benefiting from suspected criminal cash prove the source of their wealth is legitimate. Estonia has been thrust into the limelight in recent months following a €200 billion money laundering scandal stemming from the Estonian branch… Read More
20th December 2018
Estonia has arrested 10 former employees of the local branch of Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) as part of an international investigation into alleged money laundering. Authorities in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States are investigating payments totaling 200 billion euros ($229 billion) made through the tiny Estonian branch of Denmark’s… Read More
13th December 2018
British investigators have frozen a bank account linked to a multi-billion dollar Azerbaijani money-laundering scheme that a network of investigative reporters has alleged rinsed dirty money mainly through four, UK-registered shell companies. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday that the Account Freezing Order (AFO), part of a new… Read More
7th December 2018
Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) defended its record in fighting money laundering on Thursday after the Financial Times reported it had processed 31 billion euros ($35 billion) more in questionable funds for Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) than previously thought. A Deutsche Bank spokesman declined to comment on the FT article. He said, however,… Read More
6th December 2018
Anti-money laundering (AML) expert Denis O’Connor looks at some of the main points raised at an EU Parliament hearing by Danske Bank whistelblower Howard Wilkinson, and recommends AML and compliance professionals take note of the issues discussed. The €200 billion Danske Bank money laundering scandal is considered to be the… Read More
28th November 2018
When Howard Wilkinson was given a tablet as a gift from a client and his boss did not respond to questions about what he should do with it, the Briton sold it and donated the proceeds to the Tallinn Childrens’ Hospital in Estonia. The former banker-turned whistleblower then handed the… Read More
20th November 2018
Top Western banks are alleged to have processed the bulk of the $234 billion tranche of suspicious transactions central to Danske Bank’s money laundering affair, which has stirred much controversy in the European banking world. On Monday, whistleblower and former Danske Bank employee Howard Wilkinson told Danish lawmakers that a… Read More