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Risk of Jersey’s finance industry being used to fund terrorism classed as medium to low

The risk of Jersey’s finance industry and non-profit organisations (NPOs) being used to fund terrorism has been classed as medium to low. It is the conclusion of a risk assessment report produced in response to requirements by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which sets the international standards on financial… Read More

Jersey trust company fined $835,000 for opening ‘gateway to possible money laundering’ in Angola

By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 4 March 2021 ICIJ — A court in the Channel Islands has fined a team of accountants and economists who for years ignored “obvious” risks of possible corruption and embezzlement when providing services to an investment management company working with the government… Read More

Jersey: Convicted jeweller’s shop closed and contents seized

The premises of a Central Market trader, who was convicted of laundering money from a drugs gang, has been shut down and its contents seized by the Viscount. Darius Pearce, owner of Darius Pearce Jewellers, was found guilty of three counts of becoming concerned in the acquisition, use, possession or… Read More
17th February 2021
A fine of more than £700,000 has been imposed on three Jersey-based firms owned by a multi-national bank for breaching rules designed to prevent money laundering and financial crime. The actions of a trio of S G Kleinwort Hambros companies, which were found to have made a series of compliance breaches… Read More
25th January 2021
The European parliament is pushing for UK overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Jersey to be added to an EU tax havens blacklist after the conclusion of the Brexit deal. Sending a signal that tougher action on tax avoidance was required in response… Read More
4th January 2021
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has begun investigating incumbent National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) President, Arif Usmani, for his alleged offshore assets worth billions of rupees. Sources privy to the information told Profit that the incumbent NBP president has stashed assets worth $11,481,440, equivalent to Rs1.8 billion, in Citi… Read More
24th December 2020
Transparency International has urged the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to review the Government of Ghana’s application to list Agyapa Royalties Limited on the London Stock Exchange and reject the listing if corruption concerns are not satisfactorily addressed. According to a message cited by GhanaWeb on Transparency International’s website dated… Read More
18th December 2020
A man accused of laundering a crime gang’s money through his Central Market jewellery business has been found guilty of all charges. Darius Pearce faced three counts of becoming concerned in the acquisition, use, possession or control of criminal property. The charges stemmed from a foiled plot to smuggle almost… Read More
9th November 2020
Juan Carlos, Spain’s exiled king, has been linked to an investigation into the transfer of millions of euros from an offshore account, part of a third corruption inquiry into his finances. Attempts to transfer funds from an active account registered in Jersey, a tax haven, were recently detected by Spain’s… Read More
20th October 2020
Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of… Read More
12th October 2020
Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK anti-money laundering legislation… Read More
6th October 2020
Jersey’s population is no bigger than that of Dover. And yet companies and people on the Channel Island invest more money into the UK than those in China or Germany – £112bn a year. It has £1 trillion sitting in its trusts, companies, funds and foundations, according to a report… Read More
6th October 2020
A leak of data detailing alleged illegality at a Jersey trust company has revealed how corporate giants HSBC and Liberty Global appear to have failed to adequately investigate concerns over a major fraud after an heiress accused her businessman father of draining millions from trust funds set up to support… Read More