Tagged: money laundering

Singapore Releases Environmental Crimes Money Laundering National Risk Assessment

Singapore recently released the Environmental Crimes Money Laundering (ML) National Risk Assessment (NRA) which identifies the key threats and vulnerabilities in environmental crimes ML that Singapore “is exposed to, and outlines mitigation measures which government agencies, financial institutions (FIs) and Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professionals… Read More

FATF, Interpol, UNODC Say Urgent Action Required to Prevent Money Laundering and Other Illicit Activities

Countries need to urgently step up their efforts to target the huge illicit profits generated by transnational organized crime that facilitate conflicts, fund terrorism, and negatively impact vulnerable populations, according to an update shared by FATF. This was the unprecedented call to action from the… Read More

DOJ: Two Brothers Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Ethereum (ETH) Blockchain, Stealing $25M in Crypto

A US Department of Justice (DOJ) indictment was unsealed, charging Anton Peraire-Bueno, 24, of Boston, and James Pepaire-Bueno, 28, of New York, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges in the indictment arise “from an alleged… Read More

Philippines’ Central Bank Tightens Regulations on Financial Crime Reporting

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, has issued new regulations mandating that banks and other financial institutions report significant incidents related to money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing within 24 hours. The directive, outlined in a circular signed… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Launches COSMIC Platform to Combat Money Laundering

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched COSMIC, the first centralized digital platform to facilitate sharing of customer information among financial institutions (FIs) to combat money laundering (ML), terrorism financing (TF) and proliferation financing (PF) globally. The Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023… Read More

AML Systems Are Constantly Evolving to Address Increase in Complexity of Financial Crime – Report

AML (Anti-money Laundering) systems are a rapidly evolving area of technology, which has to compensate for the constant increase in volume and complexity of online financial crime, according to an extensive update shared by Juniper Research. Juniper Research defines anti-money laundering systems as “a set… Read More

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