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FCA was told last year about Wirecard ‘link to laundering’

The City regulator was warned last year that Wirecard was allegedly linked to a scheme that used fake online stores to disguise the processing of high-risk payments. The Financial Conduct Authority was given details of an operation whereby allegedly bogus ecommerce sites were used as a front for channelling online… Read More

Sanctioned Billionaire Finds a Haven in Tiny Congolese Bank

A year ago in June, a group of bankers marched into a U.S. Treasury office in Washington on perhaps the most important mission of their careers: to save a country from financial collapse. Among them was Willy Mulamba, Citigroup Inc.’s top executive in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a… Read More

Suspicions of Russian bounties were bolstered by data on financial transfers

Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were most likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan. American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency… Read More
2nd July 2020
A Malta-based bank, Satabank, has had its licence withdrawn by the European Central Bank, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and the Malta Financial Services Authority said on Wednesday. The decision was taken on the recommendation of the authority. The Bulgarian-owned bank, established in 2014, had its 12,000 accounts frozen by the… Read More
2nd July 2020
Vatican police on Tuesday raided the office that manages St. Peter’s Basilica, seizing documents and electronic equipment as part of an investigation into possible corruption in procurement practices. The extraordinary raid comes a month after the Vatican published new procurement rules intended to prevent corruption and cut costs. The Holy… Read More
2nd July 2020
On March 9, a German businessman named Ruben Weigand was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, during a layover on his way to Costa Rica. In an indictment unsealed later that week, federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Mr. Weigand with a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, stemming… Read More
2nd July 2020
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is in the final stages of resolving its biggest legal threat in a decade after tussling with the government on one critical issue: a potential guilty plea for the first time in Goldman’s history. To avert such a penalty over its work for a Malaysian sovereign… Read More
2nd July 2020
Halkbank will ask the U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions to recuse himself, a lawyer for the Turkish bank said on Tuesday. The lawyer, Robert Cary, notified U.S. District Judge Richard Berman of Halkbank’s intention at a hearing, without providing a reason. Read More
2nd July 2020
The former chief executive of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, Emilio Lozoya, has agreed to be extradited from Spain to Mexico to stand trial on corruption charges, Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said on Tuesday. Lozoya, 45, who was once a close confidant of former President Enrique Peña Nieto,… Read More
2nd July 2020
The global watchdog against money laundering and terrorist financing is seeking input on how to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction as Germany assumes its two-year presidency of the organization. In an announcement following the final plenary meeting under Chinese President Xiangmin Liu, the Financial Action Task… Read More
1st July 2020
The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organised Crime and Special Cases and investigators from the Police General Inspectorate closed a clandestine factory in the Criuleni area near the Dniester river in the east of the country on Tuesday that was producing copies of Kamov KA-26 Soviet-type helicopters. “Over the past… Read More
1st July 2020
Senior Wirecard employees were linked to an opaque network of British companies associated with alleged money laundering. Staff from the scandal-hit German payment processor were shareholders in a company creation operation in the northeast of England that was shut down after a government investigation. The revelations will increase scrutiny of… Read More
1st July 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced some financial institutions to reduce staff or reassign personnel at a time when applications for government relief programs are flooding in, heightening banks’ compliance risks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said. The OCC, which supervises and regulates banks and savings associations, said… Read More