USA: Credit Suisse Resolves Fraudulent Mozambique Loan Case in $547 Million Coordinated Global Resolution

Credit Suisse Group AG, a global financial institution headquartered in Switzerland, and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited (CSSEL), its subsidiary in the United Kingdom (together, Credit Suisse), have admitted to defrauding U.S. and international investors in the financing of an $850 million loan for a tuna fishing project in Mozambique,… Read More

The mystery of the missing £50bn

One Saturday evening last October, a young woman called Tara Hanlon arrived at Heathrow airport with five suitcases. When a customs officer asked why she had so much luggage, she explained that she was going to Dubai with friends and didn’t know what she might want to wear. Hanlon’s long… Read More

Canada: B.C. casinos used foreign high rollers as money-laundering ‘pawns,’ inquiry hears

In 2012, an RCMP investigation reported that Richmond’s River Rock Casino and New Westminster’s Starlight Casino “are a very significant source of money-laundering activity, using wealthy People’s Republic of China gamblers as willing pawns in their activity.” The confidential RCMP document that makes this explosive allegation —… Read More
29th September 2021
The North East Regional Economic Crime Team (RECU) is warning students not to fall victim to criminals looking to launder their ill-gotten gains. Unscrupulous criminals will often target students in particular to give them access to their bank account. The criminal then deposits money in it in return for… 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
10th September 2021
Britain’s financial regulators said on Thursday that trade finance firms must do more to identify potentially suspicious activities by undertaking additional risk assessments. During the past 18 months there have been several high-profile failures of commodity and trade finance firms with significant losses, the Bank of England and Financial Conduct… Read More
10th September 2021
National Australia Bank chief executive Ross McEwan has confirmed the bank is examining millions of customer accounts as part of an internal project to plug holes in its anti-money laundering regime, under questioning during a heated parliamentary exchange. The Age and Sydney Morning Herald first revealed in… Read More
10th September 2021
A former investment adviser has been sentenced to five years and ten months in prison for money laundering as part of an organised crime group. Richard Faithfull was convicted of laundering £2.5m as part of a trans-national crime group over a period of at least 12 months. He was also disqualified from being a… Read More
8th September 2021
Pilatus Bank, a small private bank opened in Malta in 2013, was perhaps most notorious for its personal, ‘secret’ business model, largely catering for politically exposed persons (PEPs) under strict rules of due diligence. Having started operations in January 2014, the bank, owned by Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, a US-naturalised Iranian… Read More
8th September 2021
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
7th September 2021
EY auditors failed to raise the alarm over multimillion-dollar jewellery purchases and approved huge payments to opaque offshore companies in the years before one of Switzerland’s biggest ever corporate collapses. Zeromax, a conglomerate based in the Swiss canton of Zug, had a business empire in Uzbekistan with interests ranging from… Read More
6th September 2021
By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 4 September 2021 OCCRP — After having been criticized for being a tax haven, Luxembourg’s Ministry of Justice will put forward a draft bill aimed at allowing authorities to sanction those who use the country’s financial system for money laundering and tax evasion. The… Read More
3rd September 2021
The United States has told financial institutions that they may process personal remittances here to Afghanistan, a Treasury Department spokesperson said on Thursday, a move taken in tandem with steps to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian aid. The decision to allow money transfers could provide some relief for… Read More