Tagged: money laundering

Crypto Crime Report: Money Laundering Declines in 2023, New Tactics Being Used by Swindlers

Money laundering facilitated by crypto and the platforms that enable digital asset transactions exp[experienced a notable decline in 203 when compared to the year prior. According to a report by Chainalysis, in 2023, $22.2 billion was laundered in contrast to $31.5 billion laundered in 2022…. Read More

Financial Crime Negatively Impacts Economies and Must be Better Understood and Curbed – IMF Analysis

Policymakers need a “fuller view” of consequences of illicit flows, including tallies of the fiscal, monetary, financial, and structural costs, according to an update from the IMF. The fight against financial crime isn’t lost, but the world “needs to do more to limit the economic… Read More

Germany’s Finance Minister Calls on EU Nations to Make Frankfurt the Seat of the Bloc’s Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA)

Germany’s Finance Minister Christian Lindner on Thursday (November 9, 2023) called on European Union nations to choose Frankfurt as the seat of the bloc’s anti-money laundering authority (AMLA). Lindner stated that a decision to locate AMLA in Frankfurt is a key move in order to… Read More

Chainalysis Examines Bitcoin Addresses Included in OFAC’s Designation that Were Reportedly Used to Facilitate Illicit Activities

On November 3, 2023, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Russian national Ekaterina Zhdanova for using cryptocurrency “to launder money on behalf of Russian elites, ransomware groups, and other bad actors.” Chainalysis has examined the three Bitcoin… Read More

Disgraced FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Found Guilty on All Counts of Fraud, Money Laundering, Faces Up to 115 Years in Prison

FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has been found guilty Thursday (November 2, 2023) on all seven counts that are related to fraud as well as money laundering. Bankman-Fried was indicted on fraud charges on December 22, 2022, following the collapse of his crypto… Read More

Singapore’s Largest Money Laundering Case Sees Assets Worth $1.76bn Seized, includes Crypto

In what is being touted as Singapore‘s most significant money laundering operation, authorities reported a staggering increase in the total value of assets confiscated, now amounting to S$2.4 billion ($1.76 billion), according to a police announcement. The huge inventory of seized assets now encompasses over… Read More

Thousands of Years in Prison: Thodex Turkish Crypto Exchange Founder Gets Long Sentence

Faruk Fatih Özer, the former Chief Executive of collapsed Turkey-based cryptocurrency exchange Thodex, has reportedly been sentenced to 11,196 years in prison on Thursday (September 7, 2023). Stealing around $2 billion from his clients led to the CEO of one of Turkey’s biggest virtual currency… Read More

UK’s FCA Outlines Expectations for Crypto-Asset Firms Complying with Travel Rule

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is setting out their expectations for crypto-asset businesses that need “to comply with a change in money laundering legislation legislated by government in July 2022.” From 1 September 2023, crypto-asset businesses in the UK will be “required to collect,… Read More

Binance Appoints Kristen Hecht as Deputy Chief Compliance and Global Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Binance says it is pleased to announce the appointment of our former Global Head of Corporate Compliance Kristen Hecht as their new Deputy Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and Global Money Laundering Reporting Officer (GMLRO) at Binance. As noted in a blog post, Kristen reportedly “brings… Read More

Singapore: MAS to Strengthen Defense Against Money Laundering Risks in Single Family Offices

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently launched a public consultation on a revised framework to strengthen surveillance and defence against money laundering (ML) risks in Singapore’s Single Family Office (SFO) sector. The revised framework will aim to “introduce a harmonized class exemption for SFOs… Read More

Rapyd, the Fintech as a Service Provider, Appoints Dr. Shlomit Wagman as Global Chief Regulation and Compliance Officer

Rapyd, the global Fintech-as-a-Service provider, today announced the appointment of Dr. Shlomit Wagman, former Director-General of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority (IMPA), Head of the Israeli Delegation to the FATF, Chair of the FATF operational working group, and a Harvard-affiliated scholar,… Read More

Germany: BaFin Updates on Digital Bank N26 to Curb Money Laundering

German regulatory authority BaFin has reportedly extended measures at digital bank N26 in an effort to prevent illicit activities. In 2019, BaFin issued an order targeting N26, telling the Fintech to “take appropriate internal safety measures” for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing…. Read More

Crypto and Money Laundering: Still a ways to go for Law Enforcement, Regulators to Catch Up with the Crooks

Detractors of digital assets, or crypto, typically point to the utilization of crypto to pursue nefarious activities such as money laundering. Rules exist for financial transactions regarding “know your customer” (KYC) and “anti-money laundering” (AML), but they are enforced to various degrees depending on the… Read More

European Union Introduces Measures Against Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing

MEPs approved stricter rules “to close existing gaps in combating money laundering, terrorist financing and evasion of sanctions” in the European Union. This past week, MEPs from the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees “adopted their position on three… Read More

Binance Anticipates Paying Fines to Resolve Regulatory Issues in US: Report

Binance, the world’s largest digital currency exchange, is reportedly expecting to pay monetary penalties in order to settle US regulatory and law-enforcement investigations of its operations. This, according to the company’s CSO (as reported by the WSJ). Over the past five years, Binance has managed… Read More

Eventus Introduces Validus AML (VAML), an Anti-Money Laundering Solution to Combat Financial Crime

Eventus, a global provider of multi-asset class trade surveillance and market risk solutions,  announced the broad introduction of Validus AML (VAML), a new end-to-end anti-money laundering (AML) platform aimed at “helping firms in both the traditional finance and digital asset space combat financial crime.” The… Read More

Crypto Money Laundering Report: Four Exchange Deposit Addresses Received $1B+ in Illicit Funds Last Year

Money laundering is “crucial” to all financially motivated crime because it’s what enables criminals “to access the funds they generate from their activities,” the team at Chainalysis explains. Otherwise, why commit the crimes in the first place? The same is true in cryptocurrency. The goal… Read More

Venture-Based Money Laundering in Web3 Becoming a Serious Threat: Report

Criminals have always found efficient ways “to launder the proceeds of their crimes and avoid increasingly stringent anti-money laundering regulations,” according to an update from CertiK. One such technique, uncovered by CertiK, poses “a direct threat to Web3 projects.” Criminal organizations are using this scheme… Read More

Nexo’s Offices Raided in Bulgaria, Four Individuals Charged in Allegations of Money Laundering

It has not been that long since Nexo decided to exit the US market, but in recent days the offices of Nexo have been raided in Bulgaria according to multiple reports. While based in London, Nexo is affiliated with a former member of the Bulgarian… Read More

Arion Bank, Lucinity to Combat Money Laundering

Arion Bank has announced it will implement Lucinity’s technology “to help strengthen its defenses against money laundering and contribute to a safer financial system.” Lucinity’s software solution “uses the latest artificial intelligence technology to detect money laundering and make it easier for financial companies to… Read More

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