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Money laundering: UK Lawyer helped fraudsters, gangsters in 80 property deals

A solicitor who provided conveyancing services for a gang of drug dealers and fraudsters and helped launder their dirty cash has been jailed for seven years. Police discovered the Handforth-based professional’s activities while investigating the operation of an organised crime gang that had been laundering the proceeds of their criminal… Read More

Money laundering: ‘Rise in UK suspicious activity reports should not mask failing system’

The increase in the number of suspicious activity reports (SARS) filed by the private sector should not mask the inadequacy’s of Britain’s financial crime prevention regime, according to anti-corruption campaigners. New figures from the National Crime Agency show that the number of SARS filed edged up to almost half… Read More

Financial crime: UK announces consultation on bitcoin, cryptoassets guidance

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation into guidance on the cryptoasset activities it regulates. The watchdog said the move is aimed at providing clarity for firms about whether their cryptoasset activities fall under its regulation, and [for them to] ensure they are compliant and have appropriate… Read More
24th January 2019
Four former Barclays (BARC.L) executives conspired to commit fraud by hiding 322 million pounds of payments to Qatar in return for cash injections in 2008, a prosecutor alleged at the opening of one of London’s most high-profile criminal trials. Former chief executive John Varley and three former directors are the… Read More
24th January 2019
The U.S. Federal Reserve is investigating Deutsche Bank’s role in a money laundering scheme that has embroiled both it and Denmark’s Danske Bank, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Bloomberg, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said that the Fed’s investigation was at an early stage. – By Tom Sims and… Read More
24th January 2019
AP — Canada’s ambassador to China said he thinks a top Chinese executive has a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States and said he hopes she will be released soon in remarks one of his predecessors called “mind-boggling.” Ambassador John McCallum told Chinese… Read More
24th January 2019
The last of three former senior directors of Tesco (TSCO.L) accused of fraud at Britain’s biggest retailer in 2014 has been formally acquitted, leaving the Serious Fraud Office without a conviction for the accounting scandal. Carl Rogberg, 52, a former Tesco UK finance director, was tried last year along with… Read More
24th January 2019
A solicitor, who was also a money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), has been fined £45,000 for failing to conduct anti-money laundering checks for wealthy clients believed to be linked to the Panama Papers scandal. Khalid Mohammed Sharif, a partner at London-based Child & Child, was involved in the law firm’s… Read More
24th January 2019
A group comprising the world’s top banks has published guidance on how financial institutions should carry out sanctions screening. The notes are derived from regulatory requirements and global industry best practice, it said. “[The guidance] is not intended to suggest all FIs should apply all elements in this… Read More
23rd January 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a €18.8m fine and 23-month jail term over tax evasion charges in Spain. The award-winning football player is alleged to have avoided paying tax between 2010 and 2014, in a case centred around image rights deals. Ronaldo is reported to have acknowledged incidents amounting to… Read More
23rd January 2019
Litigation funder IMF Bentham (IMF.AX) has teamed up with legal experts Quinn Emanuel and Njord Law Firm and plans to file a shareholder lawsuit against Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) by July over a 200 billion euro ($230 billion) money laundering scandal. IMF’s European subsidiary, IMF Litigation Funding Services Limited (IMF LFS),… Read More
23rd January 2019
China’s banking and insurance regulator issued guidelines on Tuesday to strengthen banks’ overseas compliance management. It will pay special attention to country risk, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism risks, the China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a statement on its website. (Reporting by Shu Zhang and Beijing Monitoring… Read More
23rd January 2019
AP — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou’s case… Read More