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European Regulators Failed to Spot Suspicious Money Flooding Through Latvia’s Banks

By Graham Stack, OCCRP, 21 September 2020 OCCRP — European regulators gave the green light for international banks to handle billions of dollars that flowed from the former Soviet Union through Latvia’s banking sector, even as thousands of these transactions were being red-flagged to the U.S. Treasury, leaked bank… Read More

How Deutsche Bank Let Dirty Clients Run Rampant

BuzzFeed News — When Robert Meltzer, who runs gyms for children in Los Angeles, found that more than $60,000 in payroll taxes — half a year’s worth — had gone missing in 2013, it was too late. When something similar happened to Stanford Media Group, a company that sold CDs… Read More

U.S. reimposes U.N. sanctions on Iran over objections of world powers

Over the strenuous objections of its closest allies, the Trump administration reimposed United Nations sanctions against Iran on Saturday, though the weight of their repercussions is unclear without the cooperation of the world’s other major powers. In an evening statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the “return of virtually… Read More
16th September 2020
The short-seller that warned about the Wirecard scandal has targeted a second German listed business, this time claiming more than 1,400 British small business owners have fallen prey to an alleged leasing scam. Viceroy Research has published a report that claims Grenke, a finance group that lends to small and… Read More
14th September 2020
A U.S. unit of Deutsche Bank AG paid a fraction of the maximum penalty it could have faced to settle alleged sanctions violations, as the Treasury Department pointed to the bank’s compliance efforts and cooperation as mitigating factors. Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas agreed to pay $583,100 in settlements… Read More
14th September 2020
Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands called on the European Commission to draw up strict regulation for asset-backed cryptocurrencies such as stablecoins to protect consumers and preserve state sovereignty in monetary policy. The finance ministers of the five European Union member states said in a joint statement on Friday… Read More
14th September 2020
The Philippines’ anti-money laundering authority has identified 57 “persons of interest,” including foreigners and local bank officers and government officials, whose links to Wirecard AG are being scrutinized. Authorities are analyzing the transactions of these people who are “not necessarily the accused or respondents in a criminal case,” Mel… Read More
11th September 2020
The U.S. Department of Treasury announced on Wednesday that the largest German investment and financial services provider Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay two settlements totaling US$583,100 for facilitating transactions that violated Ukraine-related sanctions. According to the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) enforcement release, Deutsche Bank would… Read More
11th September 2020
In an effort to increase the country’s legal overwatch, Germany now says Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs require regulatory approval before they are allowed to operate. ATMs that offer assets such as Litecoin and Bitcoin now requires a license from Germany’s financial regulator, BaFin, a Sept. 8 statement from the entity… Read More
11th September 2020
Former Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn will face charges of conspiracy to commit organized commercial fraud with a high likelihood of conviction, a court probing the carmaker’s diesel emissions scandal said on Wednesday. A court in Braunschweig, Germany, near where Volkswagen is headquartered, expanded the list of charges… Read More
7th September 2020
Germany, the current head of the European Union, will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not provide an explanation soon, its foreign minister said Sunday. Russian opposition leader Navalny fell ill on a flight last month and was treated… Read More
4th September 2020
Chancellor Angela Merkel said tests showed “unequivocally” that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned by a military-grade novichok nerve agent, dramatically escalating tensions with the Kremlin and sending the ruble tumbling. Germany will consult with European Union and NATO allies to formulate an appropriate response over the… Read More
1st September 2020
Germany’s blame game over Wirecard AG’s collapse is focusing in on the question of why authorities failed to take a harder look at the payments company before it became the country’s biggest accounting scandal in living memory. Lawmakers will question a top adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday… Read More