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UK: Over £5.5bn of Covid support funds lost to fraud or error

More than £5.5bn of taxpayer money from the government’s coronavirus assistance schemes including furlough, self-employed support and “eat out to help out” was paid out to fraudsters or given out incorrectly. It emerged on Thursday that £5.2bn paid out by the government under the coronavirus job retention scheme, widely known… Read More

Embracing technology and innovation in Compliance and Risk Management – A Perspective from MAS

T. S. Elliot’s words from 1934 continue to ring true, in the current age of innovation and big data. We are collecting much more data – the foundation of any decision making, because of improving technologies, changing business needs, to satisfy regulatory requirements and to enhance risk management capabilities in… Read More

Chinese Police Make First Arrest For CBDC Money Laundering

Chinese officials have arrested members of a criminal group charged with alleged money laundering using the country’s CBDC, the digital yuan. The news implies the Chinese government and law enforcement will have greater control and oversight over financial activities in the country with its CBDC. By Tim Fries, The… Read More
15th October 2021
Matis Mäeker, recently appointed head of Estonia’s anti-money laundering government agency believes Estonia should scrap its current crypto regulations and start again, he said in an interview with the local news outlet Eesti Ekspress. By Anna Baydakova, CoinDesk, 13 October 2021 Read more at CoinDesk RiskScreen:… Read More
14th October 2021
Police in China’s southwest region busted a group that was using cryptocurrencies to launder stolen money, which involved 800 million yuan (US$124 million), according to local media. Authorities in Zunyi, a city in China’s Guizhou province, were on the case for two months, following a directive from the State Council,… Read More
14th October 2021
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that the owners of a cryptocurrency company have pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Bitqyck founders Bruce Bise and Samuel Mendez were charged with tax evasion in August. Bise pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 and Mendez pleaded guilty Tuesday morning. By Kevin Helms,… Read More
6th October 2021
Gary Gensler, the head of the U.S. The Securities and Exchange Commission has confirmed that his agency does not have the authority or intention to ban cryptocurrency. While responding to questions during an Oct. 5 House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Gensler emphasized that prohibiting crypto does… Read More
4th October 2021
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a set of policies for the emerging markets and developing economies to ensure financial stability amid global crypto adoption. The IMF believes in the potential of crypto assets as a tool for faster and cheaper cross-border payments, citing the dramatic increase in the value… Read More
23rd September 2021
Following the fall of the elected Afghan government and rise of the Taliban in its place, many speculated that the group had or may turn to cryptocurrencies as a way to finance its operations. As part of our compliance program, Coinbase tracks these types of transactions and often… Read More
15th September 2021
The Strategy for the Development of the Financial Market of the Russian Federation by 2030 was released this week by the Ministry of Finance. The plan is open for public discussions between Sept. 14 and Oct. 13, 2021, according to a notice published by the State Automated… Read More
13th September 2021
The U.K. government has drawn up an action plan aimed to combat financial crimes that it says will include “action on cryptoassets.” The new Economic Crime Plan from H.M. Treasury and the Home Office is aimed to overhaul the the way economic crime is tackled, building better cooperation between government,… Read More
12th September 2021
Two of Australia’s largest lenders, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Westpac, on Thursday rejected criticism that they are stymieing competition by refusing to do business with cryptocurrency providers. Many of Australia’s top financial institutions have not engaged with the sector, despite its huge growth in the past year, due to… Read More
8th September 2021
A United Arab Emirates committee tasked with fighting money laundering has endorsed a regulatory framework for virtual assets, the Gulf state’s central bank said on Wednesday. The National Committee for Combating Money-Laundering and Financing of Terrorism and Illegal Organisations has “announced the adoption of a regulatory framework for virtual assets… Read More