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Latvian regulator fines Regional Investment Bank for “irregularities”

Latvia’s financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) said November 6 it had decided on November 3 to impose a fine of EUR 473,076 on Reģionālā investīciju banka (Regional Investment Bank, RIB) for “irregularities in detecting the source of funds, which were identified during a FKTK inspection in large value cash… Read More

EU takes legal action against ‘golden passport’ schemes in Cyprus, Malta

The European Union’s executive said on Tuesday it was launching legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their investor citizenship programmes, also known as “golden passport” schemes. The schemes allow wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship in exchange for an investment of around 1 million euros in Malta and 2 million… Read More

Arrests Target Money-Laundering Service for Cyber Criminals

Twenty people have been arrested as part of an investigation into QQAAZZ, a group that police said had laundered millions on behalf of the world’s most prolific cyber criminals. The arrests, part of a multinational investigation that included police in 15 countries, target a notorious gang of so-called money mules… Read More
28th September 2020
As schoolboys, their friendship was cemented while playing in the same rugby team at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools. Since those days at The King’s School in Canterbury, Kirils Pestuns, James Dickins and Daniel O’Donoghue have unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a global network of companies… Read More
25th September 2020
Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash siphoned off more than $190 million of state loans his bank received in the wake of the global financial crisis, part of which he ploughed into a deal to privatize a titanium manufacturing company, according to leaked documents. Bank filings and details from a criminal investigation… Read More
22nd September 2020
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
22nd September 2020
Over the past decade, ING Bank has carried out billion-dollar transactions for companies from one of the largest Russian money laundering networks ever exposed. This puts the bank in a similar position to Deutsche Bank and Danske Bank, whose involvement in the network has previously been exposed. The German bank… Read More
22nd September 2020
Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank are facing fresh scrutiny of their oversight of anti-money laundering laws after it emerged that overseas banks had reported close to $167 million of potential dirty money transactions flowing through the two Australian banks. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) has released a… Read More
22nd September 2020
An unprecedented glimpse into the staggering amounts of suspect money that flow through the international banking system is revealed in leaked files from an agency of the US Department of the Treasury that have been seen by The Irish Times. The files show that the world’s largest banks play a… Read More
27th August 2020
Latvia’s financial regulator the Financial and Capital Markets Commission (FKTK) on August 25 published a list of recommendations for banks and other financial institutions aimed at producing improvements in the areas of internal control and customer due diligence, which have repeatedly proven to be weaknesses in the past. The recommendations… Read More
26th August 2020
In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia once again expressed their deepest concerns about the presidential election in Belarus, the result of which has not been recognized by the Belarusian society, and are urging for a peaceful and lawful… Read More
19th August 2020
OCCRP – Oleg Tinkov is a self-made Russian billionaire with a penchant for private jets and luxury homes around the globe that bear his name, just like the online bank he founded. For years, Tinkov flaunted this lavish lifestyle on social media. In February, his family flew a $58-million… Read More
17th July 2020
The Board of the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) on July 14 2020 decided to apply a fine of EUR 906,610 euros to Signet Bank for breaches of the anti-money laundering and counter terrorism and proliferation financing (AML) regulatory requirements, FKTK said in a news release July 16. Signet… Read More