Mexican national with alleged ties to money laundering, is fighting to re-enter Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun has an interesting story here about an immigration case in the Federal Court of Canada involving alleged money laundering of a politically exposed person (“PEP”) with ties to the leader of a Mexican political party called the National Action Party. Sergio Antonio Reyes Garcia, a Mexican national, arrived in Vancouver on March [...]

American ICO lawyer with ties to Canadian Blockchain entities, arrested by FBI for alleged extortion

The FBI arrested Steven Nerayoff, a US lawyer known for his work on advising ICOs, including the Canadian ICO Ethereum, yesterday and he was charged  with extortion by the DoJ in the Eastern District of New York. According to a complaint unsealed yesterday, Nerayoff is alleged to have threatened to destroy a company launching an [...]

Dominican Republic alleged drug kingpin & human trafficker “César the abuser” listed by OFAC; two ex-Major League Baseball players allegedly tied to the kingpin

On August 20, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) designated César Emilio Peralta, a national from the Dominican Republic and the criminal organization he is said to control, as significant narcotics traffickers and a drug kingpin under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Peralta is known as “César the Abuser”(el abusador) in the Dominican [...]

A “Criminal Blockchain” – York Regional & Italian Police take down alleged major ‘Ndrangheta players and seize over $35 million in alleged proceeds of crime

A criminal Blockchain linking Calabria and Toronto York Regional Police, north of Toronto, Canada, made a major money laundering bust last week against the ‘Ndrangheta, arresting several of its alleged members including its alleged powerful leader, Angelo Figliomeni. Figliomeni is charged with money laundering, directing a criminal organization and fraud. Another eight alleged associates of Figliomeni were [...]

The Canadian: “[D]ude, we’re criminal drug dealers – what line shouldn’t we cross?” – Explaining the Silk Road Money Laundering Case

4th Anniversary of Silk Road founder’s Sentencing The end of May marked the 4th Anniversary of the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the now-defunct darknet marketplace website based in California, called Silk Road that operated on TOR, which brokered sales of illegal goods and services, including narcotics like heroin, [...]

TD Bank sued over $7 million in diamonds stolen during a bank heist from a safety deposit box

While not a new case, this litigation is interesting for the fact that it discusses the practice of safety deposit box swaps to transfer assets anonymously, and the holding that there is no requirement that safety deposit boxes contain lawfully obtained property. IOW, under the common law, a safety deposit box can contain stolen items [...]

Study in China identifies areas in China where most money launderers originate and finds that the number of suspicious activity reports filed does not improve regulatory effectiveness

According to money laundering law empirical research from China, a person from Fujian (Triad land) is most likely to be a money launderer, and the study also found that the filing of voluminous numbers of suspicious activity reports (“SAR”), does not lead to improved anti-money laundering results across any sector or in the economy. Filing [...]

US Treasury designates what may be first Canadian company as part of a significant “money laundering organization” and “drug trafficking organization” under the Kingpin Act

Canada now has its first official drug kingpin and its a company in Ontario. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) yesterday designated a Canadian company as part of a significant foreign money laundering organization and drug trafficking organization. The Kingpin Act is used for the most serious of designations [...]

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 [...]

21-year-old SIM swapper who allegedly stole $81 million in crypto, ordered to pay it back

Bitcoin investor, Michael Terpin, won a US$75.8 million civil judgment on Friday in California against 21-year-old Nicholas Truglia who SIM-swapped Terpin’s cellular phone and stole over US$23 million from Terpin’s digital currency wallets that held coins from three ICOs. In all, Truglia is alleged to have stolen over US$81 million in crypto currencies via SIM [...]