In ISIS Beatles case, UK Appeal Court rules that complying with some US MLATs to hand over evidence in an investigation is unlawful; relevant for Canada as well

Cruel and unusual punishment Everything I know about the Eighth Amendment and death penalty jurisprudence, I learned from former US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, from whom I had the privilege of studying law during a course on international human rights and constitutional law. US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, as he was then, was not […]

Two bank employees charged with money laundering and creating “doctored” bank records to steal over $1 million

In the Southern District of New York, two employees of a large national bank were charged with money laundering, bribery and wire fraud in connection with activities they allegedly undertook to create “doctored” bank records in order to steal over $1 million. Specifically, the US government alleges that they knowingly devised a scheme to defraud […]

US releases national strategy for anti-money laundering threats to US financial system

The US Department of the Treasury has released a “2020 National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing“, which provides a roadmap to identify current money laundering and terrorist financing threats and provides strategies to mitigate the identified threats and risks. In the Strategy, some of the key money laundering risks are identified as […]

8 questions you may have had about the movie “The Laundromat” and yes, there are British Columbia connections

Part 1 – Background Skip this Part 1 if you know about Mossack Fonseca and shell and shelf companies. The movie “The Laundromat” is about lawyers and big law firms and the system that fuels offshore money movements, often involving the proceeds of crime. The movie is about a big law firm called Mossack Fonseca that was based […]

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 […]

Owner of bank in the Dominican Republic sentenced to 3 years in jail for money laundering

The owner of a bank in the Dominican Republic, called Banco Peravia, was sentenced to a term of incarceration of 3 years, after pleading guilty in the US to money laundering using the bank, in the US. Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray, a Venezuelan citizen who lived in Chicago, acquired Banco Peravia in the Dominican Republic in […]

Issues in Financial Crime, Technology, RegTech, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

3rd Annual Vancouver FinTech Conference The 3rd Annual Financial Technology Conference in Vancouver takes place on May 3, 2017, which we co-sponsor. This year’s Conference focuses on “FinTech, RegTech and Financial Crime” and will cover the nexus between technology solutions to address regulation (RegTech), law, money laundering, terrorist financing, compliance, fraud, identity management, corruption, real […]

Politically exposed Chinese foreign national pleads guilty to immigration fraud

Shilan Zhao (趙世蘭), the ex-wife of a Chinese official and a politically exposed person, has pleaded guilty to immigration fraud related to the EB5 investor visa program in the US and will serve a term of incarceration of five years. Zhao conspired with her husband, Jianjun Qiao (喬建軍), aka Feng Li, to immigrate to the […]

Nigeria gets ex parte asset recovery order for $153,000,000 in proceeds of corruption from PEP parked in banks

The government of Nigeria will be able to recover $153 million in proceeds of corruption from Diezani Allison-Madueke, its former Minister of Petroleum, who was and remains a politically exposed person under anti-money laundering law. The funds were alleged to have been stolen from the Nigerian National Oil Company when it was under her control as […]