FinCEN issues money laundering advisory for Iran’s use of Bitcoin and digital currencies

FinCEN has issued an advisory for Iran that specifically is targeted for digital currency exchanges, banks and foreign banks so that the latter can understand their obligations under the correspondent banking system. The advisory is interesting because it is one of first instances of an attempt to provide guidance to foreign banks in respect of the [...]

ICOs & tokens increasingly attracting FBI criminal attention

According to this interview with FBI’s Financial Crimes Section Chief on CNBC, the FBI is seeing an increase in the number of complaints and cases opened involving digital currencies and crime. In particular, the FBI said that it is mostly ICOs and associated investment fraud schemes involving Bitcoin that are on the raise for investigations [...]

7 Russian foreign nationals indicted in US for alleged money laundering and hacking of Canadian / US agencies

The Department of Justice announced the indictment of 7 Russian foreign nationals in Pennsylvania for their roles in an alleged hacking of anti-doping sports agencies, including one in Canada called the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sports. According to the indictment, the indicted persons hacked into computers for several years to allegedly influence sports doping [...]

Did Canada just seize enough carfentanil from an alleged drug dealer that could have been used to kill hundreds of millions of people?

Last fall, the police in Ontario arrested a person named Maisum Ansari who lives in the suburbs of Toronto, who had in his home approximately 42 kilograms of carfentanil, or a substance containing carfentanil. 42 kilograms of carfentanil is a massive amount and likely the largest seizure by law enforcement in the history of seizures of carfentanil. [...]

US and China continue joint investigation into fentanyl trafficking

This week, US and Chinese law enforcement announced the continuation of a joint investigation into fentanyl production and trafficking with a view to tackle the problem through money laundering investigations to identify TCOs involved. As part of the announcement, China said that on September 1, 2018, it banned two fentanyl variants. In February 2017, China [...]

US indicts two Chinese foreign nationals for operating criminal enterprise, international money laundering and selling fentanyl

The US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the unsealing of a 43-count indictment against two foreign nationals from China for allegedly manufacturing, advertising, selling and shipping fentanyl, carfentanil and other deadly drugs to several countries including the US and Canada, which resulted in the deaths of American citizens. They are also charged with operating a [...]

Another Bitcoin exchange owner murdered – Bitcoin exchange owner in Vancouver, Canada, identified by the police as a drug trafficker and member of organized crime, killed in Mexico

Another Bitcoin exchange owner murdered A Bitcoin exchange owner, Giuseppe Bugge, was murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week, possibly by a Mexican drug cartel. Bugge was ambushed by eight to ten men and over-killed with 140 bullets from AK-47 and AR-15 assault guns. Bugge operated a Bitcoin exchange called GS Crypto Currency Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada, [...]

Another Canadian in Bitcoin, who was the 3rd largest fentanyl dealer, indicted by US in Operation Darkness Falls

Operation Darkness Falls nets Canadian fentanyl dealer The US DoJ, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the US Postal Service and DEA announced several arrests in Operation Darkness Falls, an international operation that sought to ferret out the identities of people selling illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, on the darknet that accepted Bitcoin and other digital currencies [...]