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 […]

Structuring – How Moving Funds from China to Vancouver Often Mirrors How Columbian Drug Lords Move their Money

How is Some Money Moved from China? Often with Smurfs and Structuring. I am often asked how Chinese foreign nationals who have immigrated to the US, China, or EU, or are attempting to, move millions of dollars in funds to other countries unimpeded when there are Chinese  banking regulations (commonly called currency controls) that prohibit […]

Ming Pao Newspaper covers diamond smuggling trade from Hong Kong to Vancouver

Diamond smuggling into Vancouver The Ming Pao Saturday Magazine has an interesting story on the arrest of two men from Hong Kong who attempted to smuggle $120 million worth of diamonds into Canada. The diamonds were strapped to their legs and are believed to be proceeds of crime. The story discusses the issue of money […]

The Chinese Way – the impact of China’s anti-corruption campaign on trade-based money laundering and Macau casinos

Money Laundering Bulletin in the UK has a good article out today on the anti-corruption drive in China and its impact on the casinos in Macau, which explores the anti-money laundering lapses and lack of legislation in the gambling industry in Macau, and the corresponding increase of trade-based money laundering in China. Trade-based money laundering According […]

Another Australian Bank De-Risks and Exits Remittance Business Over Terrorist Financing Regulatory Risks; Financial Inclusion and Shadow Banking Seen As Repercussion

Fourth banks closes remittances businesses Another bank in Australia, the Westpac Bank, has announced it will close its remittance business division next week over the difficulty of complying with counter-terrorism laws. By de-risking and closing its remittance division, the Bank is terminating the bank accounts of all of its business customers who operate money services […]

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. […]

DYK on high rollers at Macau casinos

Here are some interesting facts on high roller gamblers who frequent Macau casinos: 90% of the gamblers in Macau are from China. 1% of players in Macau, the high rollers, account for 30% of annual gross gaming revenue. The economy of Macau is entirely dependent upon gambling, players from China and specifically, the high rollers […]

EU Parliament approves 1st reading of bill to address secrecy of beneficial ownership and require disclosure of trusts, private companies, joint venturers

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership in EU In a sweeping set of proposals, today the European Union Parliament voted to approve, at first reading, amendments to the proposed 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive to require the disclosure of beneficial ownership. Beneficial ownership refers to the owners or beneficiaries, or both, of private companies and/or trusts as the context […]

Canada major money laundering country in 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report on Financial Crime and Money Laundering

Canada a Major Money Laundering Country but A Lot Less So The 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“INCSR“) published this month by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada as a “major money laundering country” along with, among others, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong, Libya, Mexico, Macau and Somalia. A […]

Canada’s diamond trade being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, report finds

Canada is among a handful of countries where the diamond industry is being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, according to a report by a global financial crime body. The report by the Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based global body that sets standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, says that Canada […]