FATF to finalize interpretation of virtual assets, digital currency exchanges and ICOs to require they be FIU-registered and supervised for AML compliance

In furtherance of the US approach to responsible innovation, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF“)’s private sector consultation in Vienna two weeks ago, will help drive changes to FATF Recommendation 15 to bring digital currencies, ICOs, and digital currency exchanges more fully into the AML requirements in June 2019. The Vienna change will take effect [...]

Former Head of Financial Crime Regulator and Director of Danske Bank Charged with Money Laundering Failures

According to the Danish press, Henrik Ramlau-Hansen, the former head of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, Denmark’s bank regulator, who was a director of Danske Bank, has been criminally charged and his house raided in connection with a €200 billion money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. The charges are pursuant to Denmark’s anti-money laundering legislation and are [...]

OFAC releases framework for sanctions compliance

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a framework for sanctions compliance yesterday which describes the sanctions compliance program standards for US legal and natural persons and for US-origin goods or services. The framework mirrors the requirements for a competence AML program and includes: commitment from the top down in writing. creation [...]

US DoJ unseals indictment against two people associated with payment processor of digital currency exchanges

The DOJ from the Southern District of New York, unsealed a grand jury superseding indictment against two people today for allegedly providing payment processing services to digital currency exchanges without being licensed and under circumstances where they allegedly lied to obtain bank accounts. They are charged with bank fraud. According to the indictment, Reginald Fowler, [...]

Australian federal police uncover Bitcoin-related alleged international drug traffickers boasting about their luxury cars and mansions on social media

Two Bitcoin-related alleged drug traffickers living large and spending above their reported incomes In the last few months, the Australian Federal Police have arrested two well-known Bitcoin guys suspected of leading secret lives as international drug traffickers. Both alleged to the public that they had real jobs, one operating a digital currency exchange and the other an IT business, [...]

NCIS discovers jail pay FinTech app used by prisoners to launder money

Agents from NCIS have charged several prisoners, who used social media and online dating sites, with extortion and money laundering for blackmailing members of the military for money. The scheme cost 442 service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps from across the United States more than $560,000 in financial losses. The prisoners [...]

US identifies Canada as major money laundering country, and notes concern over its low prosecution rate

Canada once again a “Major Money Laundering” country The 2019 “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” (INCSR) published on Friday by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada once again as a “major money laundering country” along with a host of risky countries for financial crime. A “major money laundering country” is one whose banks and financial [...]

Vancouver ICO firm co-founders alleged to have defrauded investors of $30 million over EtherParty ICO

RCMP Investigation According to court filings in Canada, Kevin Hobbs and Lisa Chang, the two co-founders of an ICO called EtherParty FUEL and an associated company, Vanbex, based in Vancouver, are allegedly under investigation by the Federal and Serious Organized Crime Division of the RCMP for, inter alia, fraud and are also allegedly under investigation by [...]

2018 Review of our Financial Crime Blog

Every year, we review the analytics of the Financial Crime Blog at year end, and share the results of what countries visit the site; what stories attract them to it; and what sorts of financial crime information people are looking for. Here is our review, below. For 2018, the number of hits to our website [...]