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Regulated Japanese Crypto Exchange SBI VC is Now FATF Compliant in Partnership with CoolBitX

Regulated crypto exchange SBI VC (spun out from SoftBank), based in Japan, is now FATF compliant. Earlier this year FATF announced a set of requirements regarding “virtual asset service providers” or VASPs (mainly crypto exchanges). These new rules require the tracking and storing of all… Read More

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office Amending Laws to Counter Crypto Money Laundering

Police Major Gen Preecha Charoensahayanon, chief of Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) says cryptocurrencies, “will be a tool of new money laundering,” in the country going forward. “That’s why we’re amending laws to prepare us for new online missions,” Charoensahayanon told The Bangkok Post. Charoensahayanon… Read More

Report: Moscow Math Major Will Wash Trade Your Crypto Token for $6000

A young student at Moscow State University, Alexey Andryunin, and his unnamed partner, have come up with a lucrative sideline that has made them much less interested in their studies: the wash trading of crypto tokens to make it look like there’s a market for… Read More

Dutch Finance Ministry “Intensifying” Cryptocurrency and Anti-Money Laundering Rules Ahead of FATF Evaluation in 2021

The Dutch Finance Ministry and Ministry of Justice have vowed to regulate cryptocurrencies as part of the Netherland’s comprehensive new plan to combat money-laundering in the region. “Our goal is to guarantee an honest and safe financial system,” co-authors Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra and Minister… Read More

Citing “Major Global Regulatory Developments,” Blockchain Forensics Firm and Consultancy Chainalysis Hires Chief Technical Counsel

Blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis, which recently expanded into providing KYC/AML support services to cryptocurrency businesses, has added another member to its powerful compliance team. According to a company release, Michael Mosier, former high-ranking employee at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Foreign Assets Control… Read More

AML: Lithuania Amends Existing Laws to Regulate Cryptocurrency Sector

Lithuania’s previously unregulated cryptocurrency sector will now have to abide by provisions set out in the Fifth EU Anti-Money Laundering Prevention Directive, Lithuanian news outlet Delfi reports. Amendments to existing laws, made last Wednesday by members of the the Lithuanian cabinet, oblige all crypto businesses… Read More

G20 Finance Ministers Affirm Amended FATF Guidelines for “Crypto Assets” in Fukuoka, Say They’ll Be Adopted in Osaka

Finance Ministers from the world’s 20 most powerful economies have “…reaffirm(ed) (their) commitment to applying the recently amended FATF Standards to virtual assets and related providers for AML (anti-money laundering) and CFT (anti-terrorist finance),” in a communique issued from a meeting they held this weekend… Read More

Will New Coinbase/Visa Crypto Card Enable Money Laundering?

Though cryptocurrencies were created to offer an alternative to traditional banking -and to affront it- the past two years have been characterized by crypto’s quest for legitimacy. To be fair, cryptocurrency exchanges with long-term interests, including Coinbase and Gemini, have attempted to be compliant from… Read More

New Estonian Government Proposes Tighter Anti-Money Laundering Restrictions, Higher Standards for Crypto Businesses

For the past few years, cryptocurrency businesses have been flocking to Estonia, attracted by the relaxed regulatory climate the country provided as it vied to be a leader in digital banking in the Baltics. According to ERR News: “The rapidity and ease with which foreign… Read More

Mixer Down: Cryptocurrency Anonymizing Service Shut Down by Europol

Police in the Netherlands and Luxembourg have seized six servers hosting Bestmixer.io, “one of the three largest mixing services for cryptocurrencies.” The seizures, cooperatively executed by the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, have resulted in the complete shutdown… Read More

Hamas Sophisticating Its Bitcoin Donations System

Israeli civic-defence groups have been sounding the alarm since January that the militant Palestinian-liberation organization Hamas has started raising funds via Bitcoin. And while donations of Bitcoins to Hamas so far pale in comparison to the millions of dollars Hamas is believed to receive from… Read More

To Align With EU and FATF Anti-Money Laundering Directives, Lithuania Ups Crypto Regulations

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Lithuania has been moving for some time to establish itself as a Fintech leader in the Baltics. According to the previous reporting at Crowdfund Insider, the country registered 35 new Fintechs in 2017, and in early 2018, Invest Lithuania Managing Director Mantas Katinas promoted the… Read More

Fintech Friendly Bank Nordea May Get Sucked into Money Laundering Scandal

Nordea Bank may be the next Scandinavian bank to get sucked into the money laundering scandal. Bloomberg is reporting that an upcoming broadcast that may reveal more details on money laundering have caused shares to drop. Apparently, a broadcast that will air by tomorrow will… Read More

Suspected Crypto Money Laundering Reports Increased 10-Fold After Japan Imposed Mandatory Reporting Rules

The Japan Times is reporting that the National Police Agency of Japan says it received 7000 reports of possible money laundering using cryptocurrencies in 2018. The represents a ten-fold jump in the number of reports submitted before December 2017, when Japan made it mandatory for cryptocurrency… Read More

Accused of Laundering $234 Billion, Danske Bank Ceases Most Banking in Russia and Baltic Countries

Close on the heels of Danske Bank being ordered out of Estonia this week for its alleged role in laundering funds totaling $234 billion USD for Ukrainian, Azerbaijani and Russian clients, Danske Bank has now announced it will be, “clos(ing) down its banking activities in… Read More

CipherTrace Report: Bad Actors Scammed and Stole $1.7 Billion in Cryptocurrency in 2018 – and the Fraud is Predicted to Get Bigger

CipherTrace is out with a report on cryptocurrency scams and fraud. It is widely known that crypto suffers from rampant acts of theft and cons as these digital assets have become the targets of global criminals seeking an easy payday or simply to launder illicit… Read More

Seven Charged in Taiwan Crypto Investment Case

Seven individuals have been arrested in Taiwan and charged with operating a crypto investment scheme police believe defrauded 1000 investors out of $51 million USD, Focus Taiwan reports. The seven are charged with “violating multiple banking and business…laws” covered by Taiwan’s Banking and Multi-Level Marketing Supervision acts. Among… Read More

Ireland Pondering New Anti-Money Laundering Bill Encompassing Cryptocurrencies

In order to align itself with the fifth EU money laundering directive and reinforce existing rules, the Irish Cabinet has passed a new bill targeting money laundering, “including the use of cryptocurrencies in funding terrorism,” according to a release from the Irish Department of Justice. The… Read More

Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Outlines AML Requirements for Fintech License

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has outlined the requirements for anti-money laundering (AML) and firms seeking a Fintech license. Last week, FINMA issued the general guidelines for their Fintech license which is designed to encourage innovation in financial services by providing a streamlined approach… Read More

Blockchain Perhaps? OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FinCEN & NCUA Encourage Banks to Innovate When it Comes to AML/BSA Compliance

Multiple federal agencies have come together to encourage banks to innovate when it comes to compliance. The statement is part of a governmental working group that has been created to collaborate between some of the financial regulatory entities. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

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