US Treasury files civil claim against foreign Bitcoin exchange and its owner / officer to enforce penalties of $100M for AML failures

The US Attorney for the Northern District of California, on behalf of the US Treasury, has filed a civil complaint against the Bitcoin exchange known as BTC-e and one of its alleged owners / officers, Alexander Vinnik, to enforce over $100 million in monetary penalties for a series of anti-money laundering law violations. BTC-e was [...]

Owner of bank in the Dominican Republic sentenced to 3 years in jail for money laundering

The owner of a bank in the Dominican Republic, called Banco Peravia, was sentenced to a term of incarceration of 3 years, after pleading guilty in the US to money laundering using the bank, in the US. Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray, a Venezuelan citizen who lived in Chicago, acquired Banco Peravia in the Dominican Republic in [...]

Backpage.com CEO & shareholders criminally charged with money laundering

CEO & Shareholders Charged The Attorney General of California announced today that her office has filed new criminal charges against the CEO of Backpage.com and two of its controlling shareholders, charging them with 26 counts of money laundering and 13 counts of pimping children out for prostitution in connection with the website Backpage.com. According to [...]

UN Chief charged in money laundering bribery scheme for allegedly accepting millions in cash from Chinese casino billionaire

Former UN President Charged The former United Nations (“UN”) President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, the UN Deputy Ambassador, Francis Lorenzo, a Chinese foreign national billionaire, Ng Lap Seng (also known as David Ng) and two of his associates were charged in New York with various offenses over an alleged bribery scheme. Two defendants [...]

Nigeria says US$150 billion stolen from state coffers in 10 years by politically exposed persons

Whopping $150 Billion Stolen from Nigeria in 10 Years Nigeria’s new President, Muhammadu Buhari, today said that the government believes that its officials have stolen approximately US$150 billion from the state in the past ten years.  In anti-money laundering law, high ranking government officials with access to state property and assets are politically exposed persons (“PEP“). [...]

FedEx charged with money laundering over alleged drug shipments

Additional Charges By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime FedEx Corp. has been indicted over allegations of money laundering in connection with five shipments it made of alleged illegal prescription drugs from online pharmacies in which several persons are alleged to have died. According to ABC News, FedEx faces [...]

Financier Worldwide Magazine – Infrastructure funding and corruption in Canada

Our article in Financier Worldwide, linked below, discusses the approval in Canada of the last tranche of $100 billion in infrastructure funding authorized on the unusual basis that it be used for corruption-free projects. The approval comes as Canada grapples with the fallout from the largest corruption case in the world and the first money [...]

Executive of Canadian renewable company pleads guilty in US to money laundering over renewable energy fraud in first Canadian-related renewable energy fraud case

By Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, Certified Financial Crime & Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Specialist Canadian Company Executives Pleads Guilty to Renewable Energy Money Laundering Conspiracy & Fraud Nathan Stoliar, a prominent Australian executive, has pleaded guilty in the US to several criminal charges including money laundering conspiracy, for selling fraudulent renewable energy credits, similar in some [...]

China takes steps to enforce anti-money laundering laws in Macau

According to this report, the People’s Bank of China has signed a Memorandum with the Monetary Authority of Macau to start to take steps to address money laundering in Macau’s casinos. The share price of casino companies operating in Macau fell on the news of the Memorandum. According to a recent survey of business people who operate and [...]

Bank of China accused of offering a money laundering service to prospective emigrants to places like Canada and US

According to a report in the South China Morning Post here, the state television news organization of China, CCTV, has accused the Bank of China of offering a money laundering service to wealthy people in China to facilitate the removal of funds from China for immigration purposes in violation of the country’s currency restriction laws. [...]