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Dutch banks join forces in fight against money laundering

Dutch banks ING (INGA.AS), ABN Amro (ABNd.AS) and Rabobank said on Wednesday they would join forces in the fight against money laundering by sharing transaction data. Together with the smaller Volksbank and Triodos Bank, the three largest Dutch banks said they would establish an agency to monitor all… Read More

Dutch court to question ING and ex-CEO Hamers in money laundering case

A Dutch court on Wednesday said it wanted to question the Dutch bank ING and its former chief executive Ralph Hamers, now heading for UBS, to determine whether to reopen a case that led to ING being fined for lax prevention of money laundering. ING, the largest bank in the… Read More

Lawyers urge Trump to rescind sanctions and travel bans for International Criminal Court

A group of 175 legal scholars and lawyers specializing in international law have urged President Trump to rescind his authorization of sanctions and visa denials for International Criminal Court staff members investigating war crimes in Afghanistan, including those allegedly committed by U.S. forces. In a statement sent to the White… Read More
11th June 2020
The 35-year-old man who was arrested last month in connection with one of the biggest money laundering cases in the Netherlands was identified as a recently homeless person originally from the country of Georgia. The case uncovered last month had police stumbling upon 12.6 million euros in cash hidden… 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
14th May 2020
Venezuela’s opposition-held congress plans to voice concern to the U.S. government over its removal of sanctions on Swedish refiner Nynas AB after Venezuela’s state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, sold most of its stake in the firm, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Nynas said on Tuesday that… Read More
8th May 2020
Gardaí have discovered evidence that Covid-19 payments are being abused by Dublin-based fraudsters involved in money laundering as a part of a wider European network of criminals. Two men have been arrested as part of a Garda inquiry into “money-mule” bank accounts. This is the use by criminals of third… Read More
6th May 2020
Dutch crypto companies must register with the Netherlands’ central bank by May 18 or cease operations immediately, the monetary authority said Monday. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is moving to quickly enforce enhanced Dutch anti-money laundering (AML) laws, which passed the Dutch Parliament last month to comply with the European Union’s… Read More
28th April 2020
The Dutch crypto market is seeing the first of most likely many small crypto exchanges get squeezed out following the passage of heavily criticized anti-money laundering (AMLD5) regulations. Announced Friday in a company blog, Bittr founder Ruben Waterman said his bitcoin exchange, launched in 2018, will shut down… Read More
17th April 2020
By Will Neal, OCCRP, 16 April 2020 OCCRP — With coronavirus cramping the usual activities of gangsters, organized crime is increasingly going online, experts said on Thursday, following the bust of a group attempting to sell millions of non-existent masks to German health authorities. Europol announced this week that authorities… Read More
15th April 2020
An Irish man in Roscommon is being questioned as part of an international investigation into a “sophisticated” €15 million Covid-19 personal protective equipment financial scam. Members of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and gardaí from Co Roscommon interviewed an Irish citizen on Friday, April 10th, over the suspected… Read More
5th March 2020
Plans by lenders in the Netherlands to tackle complex international money-laundering schemes together have won support from regulators following a seven-month investigation to assess the Dutch financial sector’s exposure to the scandal that engulfed Danske Bank Estonia. De Nederlandsche Bank, or DNB, wrapped up the investigation in December after pinpointing… Read More
28th February 2020
German law enforcement officials descended upon ABN Amro NV’s offices in Frankfurt for a second time in three months to probe the bank’s involvement in a tax scandal that’s ensnaring a rising number of companies. Police cars were parked in a line outside the offices of the Dutch bank… Read More