Articles
Generally speaking, “money laundering” is not at the top of anyone’s agenda as they go about their daily lives.  The average person might occasionally read a news article about a drug dealer convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering or hear a passing mention on a television show, but… Read More
Cryptocurrency is an emerging value transfer system with pluses and minuses for users with legal and illicit funds. No doubt it is growing every day, as evidenced by the facts provided on CoinMarketCap.com. But from a money launderer’s perspective, the greatest majority of cryptocurrencies have limitations for those servicing traditional… Read More
Despite significant regulatory attention on emerging financial crime risks related to crypto assets, one of the oldest and most sought-after physical assets — gold — remains a prevalent money laundering risk. A recent Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence article detailed how gold bars fraudulently stamped with logos of major refineries were being inserted… Read More
In this exclusive interview KYC360 talks to Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of… Read More
A recent joint report by the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Securities & Markets Authority and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (the Joint Supervisory Authorities, or JSAs) has highlighted current money laundering and terrorist financing risks to the EU’s financial sector participants. Transaction monitoring and suspicious… Read More
“Believe ME.” So says David Lewis, Executive Secretary of the FATF, in relation to the Mutual Evaluation [ME] Reports published in respect of countries assessed by the FATF. He also believes in what he does and what you and I do as fellow members of the Global AML/CTF Community.  He… Read More
The latest gathering of the global anti-financial crime standard-setter, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – the first under its Chinese presidency – included a number of eye-catching items reflecting the incoming president’s Objectives statement.  The plenary considered long-ignored threats such as money laundering associated with the illegal… Read More
By Ronald F Pol, La Trobe University Money laundering rarely gets as literal as the case in Thailand last week, where police raided homes of a ring suspected of laundering a billion baht (about A$48 million) of drug proceeds and found millions stashed in a washing machine. Stories… Read More
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Businessmen from the area of the world now known as Lebanon have been superior merchants for thousands of years. From the time that the Canaanites and Phoenicians controlled this region in 1550 BC, they… Read More
In his first speech as the UK’s new prime minister in July, Boris Johnson slipped in a passing reference to free ports that sent alarm bells ringing across the nation’s anti-money laundering (AML) community. Speaking outside of 10 Downing Street, Johnson had called on the country to “look not at… Read More