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Panama Papers Case to Net First U.S. Conviction

A German businessman charged with evading U.S. taxes as part of an investigation sparked by a trove of leaked documents known as the Panama Papers will plead guilty, federal prosecutors said. Harald Joachim von der Goltz, a former U.S. resident who was indicted along with three others in 2018… Read More

Art: In the Frame for Money Laundering

Art has come a long way from the more than 70,000-year-old drawings in the Blombos Cave of South Africa to, in perhaps its most “postmodern” iteration, its appearance in the EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), which was to be implemented earlier this month.  With sales in the global… Read More

Ex-Pilatus director slammed ‘crazy’ Schembri-Tonna transaction

A €100,000 transaction between Keith Schembri and his auditor Brian Tonna was “crazy” and should never have been allowed to take place, a former Pilatus Bank non-executive director told the Egrant inquiry. The transaction, a suspected kickback on passport sales, has been the subject of a criminal inquiry since April… Read More
3rd January 2020
Two executives and a Swiss firm linked to shell companies in the Panama Papers data leak were charged in the U.S. with scamming investors in pump-and-dump schemes. Blacklight SA and the executives bought shares of small publicly traded companies and then publicized false information such as pending merger deals, prosecutors… Read More
22nd November 2019
“At the moment, money is still winning,” says Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in response to a question on whether money or truth is more powerful.  But that’s not to say financial crooks are particularly comfortable in the age of data leaks,… Read More
15th November 2019
Generally speaking, “money laundering” is not at the top of anyone’s agenda as they go about their daily lives.  The average person might occasionally read a news article about a drug dealer convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering or hear a passing mention on a television show, but… Read More
23rd October 2019
If anyone at Deutsche Bank—or at any of Europe’s other financial institutions, accounting firms, or tax offices—has evidence of wrongdoing by Donald Trump, now would be a good time to share it. Deutsche Bank, for example, has insisted that it doesn’t have copies of Trump’s tax returns. But employees of… Read More
18th October 2019
Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) over its new movie based on the case, accusing the video streaming company of defamation and seeking to stop the film’s release. The Panama Papers, which… Read More
21st August 2019
France and Panama have signed a bilateral agreement in Panama City to create a group designed to curb tax fraud, announced Gérald Darmanin, French minister of public accounts. The move comes years after Panama was blacklisted amid the Panama Papers tax evasion scandal. “With Panama’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Hector Alexander, we… Read More
6th August 2019
An Austrian administrative court has rejected Raiffeisen Bank International’s challenge against a 2.75 million euro ($3.1 million) fine over insufficient anti-money-laundering checks, the bank said on Monday. Austria’s Financial Market Authority imposed the fine last year here over a breach of RBI’s due diligence requirements for the prevention of… Read More
10th July 2019
Plans to introduce laws in Britain to combat money laundering could prevent the media and researchers from accessing vital information on the tide of dirty cash flowing around the world, campaigners and journalists have warned. An open letter to the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has about 80 signatories including the… Read More
5th July 2019
The British Virgin Islands is home to more than 400,000 companies that hold $1.5 trillion in assets. You wouldn’t know it if you walked through Road Town, the capital of this Caribbean archipelago. Hens and roosters compete brazenly… Read More
3rd April 2019
Members of the European Parliament are voicing concerns about the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia following the murder of two journalists investigating corruption and organized crime in the countries. The parliamentarians on Thursday formally adopted the conclusions reached last summer by a working group established within the Civil… Read More