Lead DEA & Secret Service Agents in Silk Road investigation arrested for stealing $1 million in Bitcoin

Two lead US government agents in Silk Road investigation arrested for allegedly stealing over $1 million of Bitcoin from Silk Road during the investigation Two former government agents involved in the Silk Road murder and extortion investigations in Baltimore, Carl Force and Shaun Bridges, were arrested and charged with corruption, money laundering, wire fraud and [...]

Jackpot or not? Report says online gambling sites and Bitcoin facilitate money laundering but the Report has inaccuracies

Report incorrectly alleges that online gambling sites and Bitcoin facilitate money laundering by Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, Certified Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Law Specialist Follow @cduhaime According to a report released by McAfee Labs, available here entitled “Jackpot! Money Laundering Through Online Gambling,” the global online gambling sector appears to be rife with money laundering [...]

US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism Discusses Banks, Bitcoin, AML & Sanctions

US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism on Bitcoin, Banks, AML and Regulation The US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David S. Cohen, discussed the risks of digital currencies and Bitcoin in a Bloomberg talk in New York City today. Mr. Cohen said the regulation of Bitcoin coming down the pipe may require financial transparency [...]

Canada announces regulation of bitcoin, digital currencies and Internet gambling sites under anti-money laundering laws

Federal government to regulate bitcoin and other digital currencies As was widely anticipated, the federal government announced today that it will amend federal legislation to require the regulation of digital currencies like bitcoin in order to eliminate the potential risks of digital currencies being used for terrorist financing and money laundering. Interestingly, the proposed legislation [...]

Two arrested, including one Canadian, in the 1st state bitcoin prosecution in Florida over alleged money laundering

In another first for bitcoin, the Miami Beach Police today arrested two men for alleged money laundering involving bitcoin. And one of them is Canadian. According to police, undercover officers and special agents from the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force posed as bitcoins buyers and contacted various bitcoin sellers on the website “localbitcoins.com” specifically requesting assistance to [...]

Marijuana brownies & the “smell of money laundering” – email evidence leads to arrest of bitcoin guru over money laundering charges

One of bitcoin’s earliest enthusiasts, Charlie Shrem who ran BitInstant, a New York based bitcoin exchange, was arrested today and charged with money laundering conspiracy, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and failure to file suspicious activity reports to FinCEN. The Criminal Complaint was filed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, [...]

SEC crowdfunding rules include anti-money laundering and financial crime requirements while Canadian regulators lag behind on issuing rules

After more than a year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has released draft crowdfunding equity rules (the “Rules“) for comment under the U.S. Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act“). The JOBS Act was brought into force in 2012 in an effort to facilitate the injection of capital in growing companies and start-ups. With respect to crowdfunding, its objective was [...]

Liberty Reserve co-founder pleads guilty to money laundering

Money laundering conviction One of the co-founders of Liberty Reserve, Vladimir Kats, pleaded guilty to money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business yesterday. Liberty Reserve was one of the world’s most popular virtual currency services. It’s co-founders were indicted in the U.S. in May 2013, for allegedly laundering $6 billion in proceeds of crime [...]

Silk Road owner arrested over money laundering charges amid allegations of ordering hit on man from Canada

Ross Ulbricht, allegedly the ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and owner of the website Silk Road, was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco today at a public library and his popular website was shut down. Silk Road was an Internet-based website that accepted bitcoin. Ulbricht was charged with money laundering conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and drug trafficking. [...]

Tax evasion, beneficial ownership and money laundering – what are the issues facing Canada at the G8 Summit next week?

A recent article in the Vancouver Sun on the attendance by Stephen Harper at the G8 summit in Ireland and the proposed measures to combat tax evasion contained an interesting statement buried at the end of the article as follows: “international organizations say… Canada has balked at a measure that would identify the true owners of [...]