5th December 2019
The firm at the heart of a company formation scheme opened accounts for high-risk customers at a bank part-owned by the Celtic boss Dermot Desmond, which had previously been implicated in a money-laundering scandal. Mr Desmond bought into Rietumu, one of the largest banks in Latvia, in 2005 for what… Read More
5th December 2019
Gilbert Mvondo is still waiting to be paid for carving dirt roads through the Cameroonian rainforest, where foreign investors promised to create jobs cultivating cannabis and other crops for export. Residents of the southern region of Meyomessala were recruited in early 2016 by local officials to prepare the ground for… Read More
5th December 2019
A Russian wire transfer service popular among Tajik migrant labourers has been cut off from the Central Asian nation’s banking system, it said on Wednesday, after Dushanbe rerouted all remittances into a new processing centre. More than a million Tajiks work in Russia, sending home about $2.6 billion a year… Read More
5th December 2019
By Ronald F Pol, La Trobe University The charges surrounding Westpac’s alleged 23 million breaches of anti-money laundering laws have been called “about as serious as it gets”. They include, in the words of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, giving “a free pass to paedophiles”. Read More
4th December 2019
Citigroup has been identified as one of the four correspondent banks in AUSTRAC’s filing against Westpac, initially referred to as ‘Bank A’ in its statement of claim. According to Investor Daily, the Citi transactions came from one of its European arms, using Westpac to clear the payments and… Read More
4th December 2019
U.S. financial regulators need to issue additional guidance for bank examiners charged with reviewing how lenders monitor accounts held for money transmitting businesses, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Tuesday.  In a 79-page report on why banks have shed accounts for the firms in recent years, the GAO concluded… Read More
4th December 2019
Swiss financial markets supervisor FINMA must reconsider its confiscation of 95 million Swiss francs ($95.27 million) from Banca della Svizzera Italiana (BSI), after a court called its calculation of the amount seized “incomprehensible”. BSI was bought by EFG International in 2016 from Brazil’s BTG Pactual after becoming tangled in legal… Read More
4th December 2019
Banks are no longer required to file suspicious activity reports on customers who cultivate hemp, industry regulators said. A group of financial regulators on Tuesday clarified the compliance requirements for banks whose customers produce hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant that is often used for its fiber… Read More
4th December 2019
Ukraine’s state prosecutor office said on Tuesday that Kostyantin Zhevago, the former chief executive of London-listed iron pellet producer Ferrexpo, had been put on an international wanted list. Prosecutors said in a statement they wanted to detain a former lawmaker and former beneficiary owner of Finance & Credit Bank. Tuesday’s… Read More
3rd December 2019
The European Commission has asked Malta to clarify how it intends to address Bank of Valletta’s shortcomings over its monitoring of foreign customers who applied to buy Maltese citizenship under a so-called “golden passport” scheme. Malta, with a population of only 420,000, has sought to attract foreign capital with schemes… Read More