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Venezuela sent gold to Mali, UAE for cash, opposition claims

Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and United States dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite US sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday. Julio Borges, designated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy,… Read More

EU watchdog urges tighter rules to prevent another Wirecard scandal

European Union rules on company financial information need to be updated to apply the lessons of the collapse of German payments firm Wirecard, the bloc’s securities watchdog said on Wednesday. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said in a report in November there were deficiencies in how Germany’s securities… Read More

Deloitte to Pay Malaysia $80 Million in 1MDB-Related Settlement

Deloitte PLT agreed to a 324-million ringgit ($80 million) settlement with the Malaysian government to resolve all claims related to the firm’s audit of 1MDB and its former unit SRC International between 2011-2014. The payout is the largest 1MDB-related settlement by an audit firm in Southeast Asia, the Finance… Read More
21st December 2020
Luxury London homes are an “attractive method to launder illicit funds”, a government report has said as the National Crime Agency steps up its McMafia-style “dirty money” investigations into suspect funds flooding into the country. The national risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing 2020 has upgraded… Read More
27th November 2020
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is confident of having Jamaica removed from the international watchlist of countries with weak Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regime based on the work being carried out by the bank. BOJ Deputy Governor Maureen Simms pointed out that the central bank has… Read More
6th October 2020
Jersey’s population is no bigger than that of Dover. And yet companies and people on the Channel Island invest more money into the UK than those in China or Germany – £112bn a year. It has £1 trillion sitting in its trusts, companies, funds and foundations, according to a report… Read More
2nd October 2020
The European Commission has expressed concern about Malta’s failure to secure convictions in high-level corruption cases and flagged “deep corruption patterns” within the country as worthy of note. In a rule of law report, the Commission noted that the worrying patterns had led to “strong public demand” for rule of… Read More
23rd September 2020
Football clubs will have to step up internal controls amid growing attention to criminal activity in sports by anti-money laundering agencies. The Malta Football Association is working on a framework to introduce more accountability and corporate oversight in top-tier clubs, a source close to the governing football body told MaltaToday. Read More
6th August 2020
Lithuania plans to establish an anti-money laundering competence center as the Nordic and Baltic region has been hit by several money laundering scandals in recent years. The new center’s operation would be funded from contributions of the central Bank of Lithuania and commercial banks. The Finance Ministry would represent the… Read More
14th July 2020
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is conducting an assessment of the exposure of domestic banks and other stakeholders of the financial sector to money laundering and its related offenses, terrorism and terrorist financing. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said the regulator is conducting the third anti-money laundering and combating… Read More
1st July 2020
Over the past 12 months, under its Chinese presidency, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has made a welcome effort to engage with and promote the importance of financial investigation as a tool to combat the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). As per his objectives, Xiangmin Liu has used his… Read More
13th February 2020
Gibraltar must do more to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, according to a detailed report by a team of international experts who identified fundamental “shortcomings” in compliance with international standards, even while acknowledging that key supervisors here have “a robust understanding” of the risks and requirements. The 250-page… Read More
21st January 2020
Drug trafficking, fraud, forgery, tax crimes, corruption and bribery are “very high threats” to the Luxembourg funds industry, according to a study by the country’s financial regulator. The risk for abuse is high in the Grand Duchy, according to the CSSF’s first national risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist… Read More