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Compliance is a Competitive Advantage

Compliance is a competitive advantage. It is amazing how often this notion still is dismissed out of hand.  To many, the thought is simply incredulous:  “Compliance is nothing more than a tick-the-box business:  do the minimum, stay out of trouble and focus on growing your business through all other means.” There is absolutely no benefit […]

Germany: A Great Place for Money Laundering

Cops have been cracking down on organized crime this sweltering summer in Berlin, though many say it’s a losing battle. Police raided 13 apartments last month in the district of Neukölln, trying to track down 16 people they suspect of money laundering. Neighbors looked on in horror as officers snapped pictures, shot video and carted off […]

Pakistan: Finance Ministry Task Force Given 15 Days to Pursue Dirty Money Repatriation

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the finance ministry task force established to pursue laundered Pakistani cash parked overseas to submit its recommendations within two weeks, Minister for Finance Asad Umar said on Monday. He said the government would first move against the Pakistani owners of $8 billion worth of properties in Dubai, the details […]

Bitcoin Dealer Indicted in San Diego With Money Laundering Charges

A San Diego man described by federal officials as a “prolific Bitcoin dealer” is in custody, on suspicion of sending cash payments overseas to buy Bitcoin and circumvent laws against money laundering. Jacob Burrell Campos, 21, was arrested August 13 at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Burrell is being held without bond on a […]

South Africa Graft Commission Probes Ex-President Zuma

A major commission of inquiry probing former President Jacob Zuma and an Indian family on corruption charges started Monday in Johannesburg. The commission, established in March, is investigating allegations the Indian Gupta family influenced Zuma to give them government contracts. It is also alleged that the Guptas influenced Zuma to appoint or fire ministers, if […]

UK: Bank Staff Shield £1.5m From Fraudsters by Alerting Police

A new banking scheme claims to have stopped people being conned out of more than £1.5m in its first five months. The protocol involves bank staff alerting police to potential victims of fraud. It kicks in if someone asks to withdraw or transfer an amount of money which appears unusual to a bank worker. Police […]

Iran Anti-Money Laundering Law Faces Challenge as Deadline Looms

A top Iranian constitutional body has demanded changes to anti-money laundering measures passed by parliament, state-run media said on Saturday, as Tehran nears a deadline to pass legislation to help it attract investment while facing U.S sanctions. Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental organization […]

Argentina Casino Link to Hezbollah Money Laundering Probe

A casino in Argentina apparently played a key role in disrupting an alleged money laundering ring connected to Islamic militant group Hezbollah. This week, Argentine media reported that police had raided a number of casinos and hotels in Puerto Iguazú, near the ‘triple frontier’ intersection of the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The raids were part […]

HKMA Slaps $5m Fine on Shanghai Commercial Bank Over Money Laundering Breaches

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has reprimanded and slapped Shanghai Commercial Bank Limited (SCOM) a $5m penalty over lapses in the bank’s money laundering and terrorist financing rules, according to a statement. SCOM failed to monitor its business relationship with 33 customers whose transactions were flagged as complex, unusually large in amount or having […]

Ex-NYC Union Head Convicted of Taking Bribe for Investing in Hedge Fund

The former head of New York City’s correction officers’ union was found guilty on Wednesday of accepting a bribe to steer union money to now-defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners for investing. Norman Seabrook, who once led the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury of one count of fraud after his […]

Former Colombian Anticorruption Official Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Money-Laundering Charge

Colombia’s former national anticorruption director and a Colombian lawyer pleaded guilty to U.S. charges of conspiring to launder money to promote foreign bribery. Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, who was the Colombian national director of anticorruption, and Leonardo Luis Pinilla Gomez, an attorney practicing in the South American country, entered their pleas Tuesday in Miami federal court. They […]

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