PetroTiger executives charged with money laundering and bribery from Columbian transaction; general counsel pleads guilty

Two executives of PetroTiger, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands oil and gas company (“PetroTiger“), were charged with money laundering, wire fraud and bribery under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA“) for allegedly bribing foreign public officials to obtain a $39 million contract from Ecopetrol S.A., a state-owned petroleum company in Columbia (“Ecopetrol“), Latin America’s second […]

Soho China faces money laundering allegations

The shares of Beijing-based Soho China, a premier commercial development company, fell 11% this week after allegations surfaced in China that the company may be involved in money laundering associated with the sale of 41 Soho China properties to Shanxi banking official Gong Aiai for approximately HK$1 billion. Ms. Gong was arrested in China for […]

HSBC accused of lax anti-money laundering compliance

HSBC investigation The U.S. Permanent Senate Subcommittee on Investigations has found that HSBC Holdings PLC allowed drug traffickers, terrorists and rogue states to launder billions of dollars in the U.S. as a result of poor anti-money laundering (“AML“) and counter terrorist financing (“CTF“) controls. The Subcommittee found that HSBC serviced high-risk clients in drug-trafficking countries with […]

Bodog indicted in U.S. for money laundering

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein, today announced that Bodog Entertainment Group S.A. has been indicted for money laundering conspiracy and operating an illegal gambling business that provided services to U.S. customers in the U.S. Also indicted were Calvin Ayre, James Philip, David Ferguson and Derrick Maloney, all apparently from […]

Canadian businessman sentenced in U.S. for money laundering and fraud

A former executive at Bennett Environmental Inc., a Canadian based corporation that treats and disposes of contaminated soil was sentenced to 50 months in prison today for money laundering and defrauding the EPA. The executive, Robert Griffiths, was also ordered to pay restitution of US$4.6 million. Griffiths pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the EPA […]