Real Estate
19th July 2019
A U.K. court froze 10 million pounds ($12.5 million) of property that authorities suspect was bought with money from drug trafficking, armed robberies and supplying firearms. On July 12, the National Crime Agency secured a so-called Unexplained Wealth Order against eight properties owned by an unidentified businessman in the north… Read More
19th July 2019
Canadian police on Thursday said they had arrested nine suspected members of a powerful Mafia clan with roots in southern Italy involved in money laundering and illegal gambling in the Toronto area, seizing C$35 million ($26.8 million) in assets, including five Ferraris. Over three days, police raided 48 cafes, businesses… Read More
15th July 2019
A new UK plan to tackle economic crime would fail to hold companies sufficiently liable for illicit activity beyond bribery and tax evasion, anti-corruption campaigners told the Financial Times. Under current laws, British firms can only be deemed guilty of other financial crimes if the “directing mind”—a senior manager… Read More
12th July 2019
Credit Suisse is ensnared in a Swiss criminal probe into alleged money laundering involving a criminal organization and the illegal drug trade. The Swiss attorney general has named the investigation “Bulco”: prosecutors are investigating alleged money laundering by a criminal organization, weekly Schweiz am Wochenende (in German) reported. The… Read More
11th July 2019
A federal judge in New York ordered former BTA Bank JSC chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov to pay the Kazakh lender’s legal fees for the discovery process after he failed to hand over evidence in a lawsuit accusing him of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. real estate. U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine… Read More
5th July 2019
For three years, a sleek 21-meter yacht moored in Porto Montenegro, an exclusive marina on the Balkan nation’s Adriatic coast. But documents obtained by OCCRP suggest that the boat was more than just a pleasure cruiser for the rich: It was a vessel for moving money of dubious origin via… Read More
28th June 2019
The Financial Action Task Force on Thursday published anti-money laundering (AML) guidance for legal professionals, supervisors involved in the legal sector and financial services businesses that have attorneys as clients. The 93-page guidance paper outlines how risk-based compliance controls should be applied to a host of legal functions, including tax… Read More
27th June 2019
Drug traffickers, tax evaders and other criminals are likely placing “significant” sums of dirty money into Australia’s real estate market, and could be affecting the cost of housing, according to a report by Australian TV network SBS. While estimates of money laundering in the country remain vague, a 2015… Read More
26th June 2019
UK officials and professional services providers are failing to share sufficient information on the risks posed by money launderers seeking to the exploit firms in the country, according to research published Tuesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). The London-based think tank based its analysis on the findings of… Read More
26th June 2019
Norway’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) said on Tuesday it had fined a subsidiary of Norwegian bank DNB for failing to comply with anti-money laundering regulations. DNB Naeringsmegling, a real estate brokerage for commercial property, was given a so-called non-compliance fee of 30,000 Norwegian crowns ($3,532) for failing to properly impose… Read More