UK Blacklists Five Individuals Accused of Exacerbating Suffering Through Corruption

The United Kingdom on Thursday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on five individuals accused of enriching themselves from illicit schemes that worsened human suffering in Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Iraq. The sanctions announced by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab under the nation’s Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime target Equatorial Guinea’s… Read More

MPs demand answers over closure of bank accounts

MPs are investigating banks over complaints that the accounts of innocent customers have been closed during a crackdown on money laundering. Mel Stride, chairman of the Treasury select committee, has written to Nikhil Rathi, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, raising concerns over reports of account closures at NatWest… Read More

Banks under more scrutiny in new US advisory on Xinjiang

The US government has signalled extra scrutiny banks over supply chains that include forced labour in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. An updated business advisory published by several US government departments on July 13 dedicates much greater attention to the role of banks and other financial institutions compared to the… Read More
23rd July 2021
Westpac alleges colourful soccer identity Bill Papas and his company Forum Finance orchestrated more than 100 allegedly fraudulent transactions that siphoned off over $340 million from the bank during a near three-year period. The details of the extent of Mr Papas’s fraud were detailed in a statement of claim filed… Read More
23rd July 2021
B.R. Shetty, the founder of stricken UAE hospital operator NMC Health, has sued auditor EY, two former top executives of his companies and two banks in a U.S. court, seeking $8 billion in damages for an alleged multibillion-dollar fraud at his group. EY said in a statement: “We believe this… Read More
22nd July 2021
Slovenia now risks court action unless it rapidly appoints two prosecutors to the recently-established EU watchdog tasked to fight financial crimes. “We will think about a possible procedure before the court,” EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders said on Tuesday (20 July). Slovenia is currently at the helm of the rotating… Read More
21st July 2021
Seven people have been arrested in an operation that police think may have “significantly disrupted” a people smuggling network which moved hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK illegally. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the network’s alleged ringleader was among those who were detained in a series of raids… Read More
21st July 2021
The Biden administration on Tuesday designated former Honduran President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa and his wife, former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila, for their involvement in “significant corruption” while in office, barring them from entry to the United States. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the designations in… Read More
20th July 2021
A prosecutor in Lebanon has summoned central bank chief Riad Salameh for questioning next month over corruption allegations, a judicial source said on Monday. Mr Salameh, one of world’s longest-serving central bank governors, is facing a series of allegations, including from Switzerland, France and Britain, over suspicions of money laundering,… Read More
20th July 2021
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday the main impediment to investment in the country was money stuck in ailing Lebanese banks. In a speech after being sworn in as president for a fourth term, Assad said estimates suggested the frozen funds were worth between $40 billion and $60 billion. Read More
20th July 2021
The U.S. Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering (AML) unit recently issued the much-anticipated AML priorities Congress demanded in the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, a legislative effort to clarify where financial institutions should focus their efforts to more effectively police transactions for illicit activity. Some experts said the AML and counter-terror… Read More
20th July 2021
The thwarted takeover of a troubled Italian bank in 2018 will come into focus in a forthcoming Vatican trial that is tied to Pope Francis’s efforts to clean up Holy See finances after decades of scandals. Weakened by mismanagement and bad loans, Carige bank was placed under special administration by… Read More
19th July 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden launched a new initiative last month to focus the government on the fight against corruption, a struggle he called “essential to the preservation of our democracy and our future.” The stakes are indeed high, and Biden was right to commit to working with… Read More