The Canadian: “[D]ude, we’re criminal drug dealers – what line shouldn’t we cross?”

4th Anniversary of Ross Ulbricht’s Sentence 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, weapons, [...]

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 [...]

France & Spain go after Syrian PEP, the Butcher of Hama’s $1 billion in unexplained wealth

Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, is facing permanent asset forfeiture in France in connection with unexplained wealth and asset accumulation in France. He was charged in France last month with corruption, money laundering and embezzlement of state assets from Syria. He was ordered to remain in France. He is a politically exposed [...]

US seeks money laundering forfeiture of a large cargo ship citing sanctions and correspondent banking violations

The US government unsealed a federal forfeiture complaint this week, seeking in rem forfeiture of a cargo ship that was used for sanctions avoidance to benefit North Korea which used US correspondent banks to engage in sanctions avoidance. The case has no tie to the US except for the use of correspondent banks and is [...]

Former Head of Financial Crime Regulator and Director of Danske Bank Charged with Money Laundering Failures

According to the Danish press, Henrik Ramlau-Hansen, the former head of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, Denmark’s bank regulator, who was a director of Danske Bank, has been criminally charged and his house raided in connection with a €200 billion money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. The charges are pursuant to Denmark’s anti-money laundering legislation and are [...]