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Israeli arms manufacturers paid millions to Azeris through Russian bank

Last month, The Times of Israel reported that Israel’s largest aerospace manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, transferred at least $155 million in 2012-2014 to two companies that were reportedly used as a secret slush fund for Azerbaijan’s kleptocratic elite. A new report published earlier this month on Russian… Read More

The AML System: A Failure of Statecraft?

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 the… Read More

Tax haven residents hold $5.7 billion of cash in Australia

Residents of known tax havens held more than $5.7 billion of cash in Australian bank accounts, according to figures released for the first time, suggesting the local financial system remains vulnerable to money laundering and tax avoidance. The data from the Australian Taxation Office has been made public as part… Read More
24th June 2020
The accounting industry watchdog is being urged to investigate alleged oversights by the auditor of Lendy, the scandal-hit peer-to-peer lender whose collapse has left thousands of investors facing millions of pounds in losses. Representatives of Lendy investors said that the role of Moore Stephens, part of BDO, the international accountancy… Read More
3rd June 2020
The Trump administration Tuesday tightened its web of sanctions around the Maduro regime in Venezuela, blacklisting four companies allegedly involved in the country’s oil sector. By sanctioning the firms and their vessels, which are registered in the Marshall Islands and Greece, the U.S. Treasury Department is attempting to cut… Read More
22nd May 2020
Secret documents showing how a London couple brought at least £14 million of allegedly corrupt money from an “Azerbaijani laundromat” into Britain have been cleared for release by a judge in a partial court victory for the Evening Standard. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said that this newspaper had an… Read More
10th February 2020
An investigation has been opened targetting Belgian Prince Henri De Croÿ’s alleged tax evasion network, which he is accused of using to help funnel millions in funds into tax havens. Finance Minister Alexandre de Croo confirmed that the Special Tax Inspectorate (ISI) was building up files on taxpayers whose names… Read More
6th November 2017
By Francesco Guarascio, REUTERS European Union states will on Tuesday discuss plans for a tax havens’ blacklist, officials said, in a bid to tackle offshore tax avoidance after leaked documents revealed investments by wealthy individuals and institutions around the globe. The subject’s inclusion on the monthly meeting’s agenda of EU… Read More
18th October 2017
Digital ledger, or blockchain technology, is set to change the way both private companies and governments do business, says Mat McGuire, a financial crime risk management expert from Canada. The technology has substantial utility as a solution to money laundering and tax evasion, notwithstanding growing concerns about its use in… Read More