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Malta: Yorgen Fenech indicted on money laundering charges

A magistrates’ court has found there is sufficient evidence for Yorgen Fenech to be indicted over money laundering and fraud to the detriment of Glimmer Ltd, a company he partly owned. Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech decreed there was a ‘case to answer’ on Tuesday morning – a day after… Read More

The Panama Papers Double Cross: How a spy-for-hire got closely guarded dirt on the global elite

When a consortium of reporters released the Panama Papers in 2016, they wanted to block one group from plundering the database which contained records disclosing the owners of thousands of off-shore companies used to hide enormous sums of wealth: corporate intelligence operatives, or private spies. The private spying industry… Read More

New Zealand central bank has failed on AML/CFT supervision, says FATF

The international anti-money laundering standard setter has criticised the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) for failing to supervise the banking sector adequately, despite an overwhelmingly positive national review. The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) latest mutual evaluation report revealed the central bank has just five full-time staff dedicated to… Read More
15th February 2021
If you’ve wondered how the Cuban economy has survived under one-party rule despite 59 years of a trade embargo imposed by its northern neighbor, a small yet wealthy Western European country offers a glimpse how. To stay afloat in difficult times, Cuba has relied on the same mechanism used by… Read More
3rd February 2021
Two Australians owe the country more than 32 million Australian dollars ($25 million) in dodged taxes and penalties, according to officials behind a probe sparked by the Panama Papers investigation. CE Wang and Zhao Hui “Sophie” Shao were handed the bill following a review of 12 years of tax assessments… Read More
26th January 2021
The shuffling of diplomats around the UK’s Caribbean territories rarely makes much of a splash. But Gus Jaspert ensured his last days as governor of the British Virgin Islands would be remembered. In an emotional Facebook video post to the BVI’s 30,000 inhabitants, he accused the country’s government… Read More
19th October 2020
The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, just across the road from Harrods. The unassuming suburban dwellings also have little… Read More
25th September 2020
In the summer of 2015, the New York branch of British bank Barclays flagged as suspicious a transfer of $1 million to former Moscow Deputy Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze for “consulting services.” The transfer originated with a company called BEM Global Corp., which is controlled by prominent real-estate developer Roman Fuks. Read More
11th September 2020
Michael Jordan, Sandra Bullock and Paris Hilton holiday there. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson wrote lyrics about it. But, last week, the Caribbean island of Anguilla drew attention for other reasons. The paradisiacal tax haven slipped further down a key global transparency index, according to a new report by… Read More
17th July 2020
Tax authorities have investigated 237 cases in connection with the 2016 Panama Papers leak and a further 96 over Swiss Leaks and have so far recouped more than €27.6 million, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said on Wednesday. Scicluna said €14.2 million was recovered from 163 concluded cases following the Panama… Read More
21st May 2020
Panama Papers firm Nexia BT has been given a new licence requiring “high standards of conduct and compliance” to audit the internal IT systems and protocols of high-risk entities like cryptocurrency exchanges. Nexia BT Technology, a Nexia BT offshoot company, was certified as meeting these standards by the Malta Digital… Read More
26th March 2020
Pilatus Bank was a “money transfer operation” rather than an ordinary bank providing investment corporate and retail services to high net individuals, according to the bank’s administrator Lawrence Connell. The former US financial regulator reached his conclusion in his first six-month report covering up to August 2018, which was only… Read More
20th February 2020
Civil society organizations urged the participants of a conference on combating money laundering to insist on the establishment of a public register that would show who owns which company in which country. Representatives from 205 countries and jurisdictions are meeting this week in Paris to discuss global action that can… Read More