6th May 2020
By Eli Moskowitz, OCCRP, 5 May 2020 OCCRP — The United States transferred US$ 311.8 million to the government of Nigeria, the Department of Justice confirmed on Monday, as part of a previous agreement to repatriate assets that traced back to the kleptocratic regime of former dictator Sani Abacha. Read More
1st May 2020
Nigeria must use money repatriated from funds looted by former military ruler General Sani Abacha on agreed public projects or be forced to “replace” it, the U.S. Justice Department said. The United States and the British dependency of Jersey agreed with the Nigerian government in Febuary to return $300 million… Read More
29th April 2020
In February, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC Jersey Branch admitted failing to comply with counter-terror and anti-money-laundering regulations relating to two customers who withdrew huge sums of cash at a branch in the United Arab Emirates. It was fined £475,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000, after the Royal… Read More
27th April 2020
The owner of Matchbook, a betting exchange operated by the Cork-based technology firm Xanadu Consultancy, has been fined £740,000 (€845,000) over “serious failings” with its approach to measures including stopping money laundering. Triplebet, a Guernsey-based firm which owns Matchbook’s UK licence, received the fine following an investigation by the Gambling… Read More
27th April 2020
Pressure within financial institutions to generate profits and inadequate enforcement by supervisory agencies have undermined nations’ efforts to fight money laundering, according to Jack Blum, a US-based financial crime expert who serves as a senior advisor for the Tax Justice Network. Blum, who recently spoke with RiskScreen CEO Stephen Platt for… Read More
7th April 2020
The U.K. has joined the U.S. in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to hand nearly $110 million of funds the American authorities say was stolen by late dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official. The three governments are involved in a dispute over investment portfolios worth… Read More
16th March 2020
The recent, turbulent history of the Dick family reads like a Netflix reboot of Bleak House. For this is the tale of an unending court case involving the recent sale of a fabulous mansion in one of Britain’s better known tax havens, home to a man whose rags-to-riches life could… Read More
9th March 2020
Jahangir Hajiyev was running out of money. That was the urgent subject before the board of a company based in the tax haven of Guernsey in September 2015. For years, Hajiyev, then chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, had used a chain of trusts and shell companies stretching from… Read More
26th February 2020
Despite attempts by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to deny the transfer of $110 million stolen from Nigeria’s treasury by late military tyrant, Sani Abacha, to Mr Abacha’s most profligate money launderer and current governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, United States court papers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show that… Read More
11th February 2020
Brussels is clamping down on 82 free ports or free zones after identifying that their special tariff and duty status has aided the financing of terrorism, money laundering and organised crime. A set of new rules was introduced by the European commission just weeks before the launch on Monday of… Read More