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£1.5m legal bill forces rethink over McMafia wealth orders

A central measure in the government’s strategy to investigate so-called McMafia corruption is at risk after the cost of fighting complex cases increased sharply. Ministers hailed the unexplained wealth order (UWO) as the centrepiece of a “full-spectrum” assault on illicit wealth being laundered through the London property market. The measure… Read More

Moscow front companies, tax havens tied to Assad’s ‘chemical arsenal’

A Russian-Syrian business network has been accused of using Moscow front companies, tax havens in British overseas territories and European countries to transfer millions of dollars around the world for the Assad regime. The network, run by a Russian-Syrian businessman called Mudalal Khouri and his brothers, is said to have… Read More

1MBD scandal: Kuwait royal family member arrested for money laundering

Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, son of the former prime minister, and his business partner Hamad Al Wazzan, were arrested on Wednesday night for money laundering related to the Malaysian fund case, known as the 1MBD scandal, Al Qabas reported. Attorney General Dharar Al Asousi issued a warrant… Read More
13th July 2020
By Adam Bychawski, openDemocracy, 10 July 2020 openDemocracy — MPs and anti-corruption campaigners have warned that the British government’s proposed ‘Magnitsky-style’ sanctions regime is not enough to tackle money laundering amid fears that Britain has become a ‘global hub for financial crime’. On Monday, the UK imposed sanctions against 49… Read More
10th July 2020
Growth in cryptocurrency adoption in recent years has attracted public interest, investment opportunities and regulatory attention. While cryptocurrency-related headlines are now commonplace, cryptocurrency mining remains an obscure topic to most. Anti-financial crime professionals familiarizing themselves with cryptocurrency risks should be certain to focus on what may appear to be a… Read More
9th July 2020
By Sandrine Gagné-Acoulon, OCCRP, 8 July 2020 OCCRP — A US think tank claims that poor enforcement has turned Dubai into a hotbed of dodgy dealings by allowing the emirate to serve as a major crossroad for gray networks and international finance. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released… Read More
8th July 2020
Hackers with suspected ties to the North Korean regime are intercepting and stealing U.S. shoppers’ credit card details during online payments. Cybercriminals with links to a state-sponsored unit known as “Hidden Cobra” have been breaking into the websites of “large U.S retailers” and planting “skimmers” since at least May 2019,… Read More
1st July 2020
Another major corruption scandal has rocked the West Australian public service, with an arrest warrant issued for a Fremantle Ports worker and his wife who are believed to have fled the country. Police have also arrested and charged the couple’s children over their alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar rort. Read More
29th June 2020
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is moving to boost the way it monitors for risks at thousands of U.S. banks, potentially scrapping quarterly reports that have been a fixture of oversight for more than 150 years yet often contain stale data. The FDIC on Monday is expected to kick off… Read More
29th June 2020
A court has granted Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech access to millions of euros worth of shares and immovable property which he had inherited, ostensibly as they are not the proceeds of crime. This was the subject of a decree issued on June 18 by Magistrate Rachel Montebello… Read More
22nd June 2020
The Mexican government’s financial crime department has frozen the bank accounts of companies and people blacklisted by the United States under accusations of having evaded the sanction regime imposed on Venezuela, its chief said on Friday. Santiago Nieto, chief of Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, did not elaborate on details, but… Read More
19th June 2020
Financial crimes watchdog AUSTRAC has two months to add any new allegations to its blockbuster case against Westpac, as it investigates suspicious transactions from 272 customers who may have been involved in paedophilia. Federal Court Justice Jonathan Beach ordered the deadline on Wednesday ahead of a potential trial early next… Read More
16th June 2020
A loophole in Kuwait’s tax compliance laws applicable for foreign accounts and the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) may be resulting in money laundering and tax evasion, experts feel. Crimes linked to the 1MBD Malaysian scandal and other financial offences committed by a number of Korean nationals… Read More