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Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

AP — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country’s crisis, The Associated Press has learned. The… Read More

UK Gambling Regulator Fines Two Firms £2.8 Million for AML Lapses

Two online gaming companies will pay a combined £2.8 million for anti-money laundering (AML) compliance lapses related to client bets made with ill-gotten gains, the UK Gambling Commission said. The fines against Osaka-based Platinum Gaming Ltd and London-based Gamesys Ltd follow a combined £4.5 million in monetary outlays ordered… Read More

UK watchdog under fire for lack of penalties in RBS small-business scandal

Senior politicians have lambasted Britain’s financial watchdog for failing to take action against RBS or its former executives for past mistreatment of small business customers. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it was sticking by its decision not to apply penalties for actions of RBS’s former turnaround unit, the Global… Read More
14th June 2019
Members of a drug trafficking group that laundered their illicit proceeds in banks throughout England are facing prison sentences following convictions announced Wednesday by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA). The group made millions of pounds selling heroin, cocaine and ketamine across the country and laundered the cash through… Read More
13th June 2019
The United Kingdom must amend its disjointed approach to sanctions policymaking and enforcement ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union, a House of Commons committee said in a report Wednesday. The findings by the Foreign Affairs Committee cite concerns that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has set… Read More
13th June 2019
Investment banks and other firms participating in UK capital markets must do more to understand their potential exposure to money laundering, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In a thematic review published Tuesday, the FCA found that most financial institutions involved in the trading of shares, derivatives, bonds… Read More
12th June 2019
Deutsche Bank has identified serious failures in its screening of cheques and high-value electronic payments for anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions compliance purposes, the lender told the Financial Times. The lapses, which went undetected for years and were discovered as the result of an internal audit, include a “filtering gap”… Read More
5th June 2019
Bank board members will have to pay increasingly close attention to functions which are being automated and no longer carried out by individuals, including anti-money laundering checks, a senior Bank of England official said on Tuesday. BoE executive director for UK deposit takers supervision James Proudman said managing risks from… Read More
5th June 2019
European Union preparations for a no-deal Brexit would split stock markets in Europe, although the damage could be reduced if Britain spelled out in advance its approach to trading, a top EU regulator said on Tuesday. The EU angered market participants in March when it said that if there is… Read More
5th June 2019
Transportation and project logistics company F.H. Bertling Ltd will pay a £850,000 fine for its role in a bribery scheme that garnered $20 million in freight-forwarding services contracts, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said Monday. The fine follows seven convictions against the firm and its employees for facilitating the… Read More
4th June 2019
Glencore’s head of oil, Alex Beard, who helped make the firm one of the world’s top three oil trading houses, will retire this month, the company said on Monday in yet another management shake-up amid U.S. probes into its activities. Glencore, founded by trader Marc Rich, has come under U.S. Read More
3rd June 2019
Earlier this month, the UK government submitted its response to the latest House of Commons Treasury Select Committee (TSC) report on economic crime, agreeing in many cases to advance parliamentarian recommendations and, in one instance, pushing back on a key proposal. Taken as a whole, the response outlines a path… Read More
31st May 2019
The former owner of UK-based ALCA Fasteners has pleaded guilty to bribing a purchasing manager to secure £12 million in contracts for the company, the Serious Fraud Office said Thursday. Carole Ann Hodson admitted to the scheme, which was conducted between 2011 and 2016, when she served as both the… Read More