Lead DEA & Secret Service Agents in Silk Road investigation arrested for stealing $1 million in Bitcoin

Two lead US government agents in Silk Road investigation arrested for allegedly stealing over $1 million of Bitcoin from Silk Road during the investigation Two former government agents involved in the Silk Road murder and extortion investigations in Baltimore, Carl Force and Shaun Bridges, were arrested and charged with corruption, money laundering, wire fraud and [...]

Quebec moves to regulate digital currency businesses

Are Bitcoin Exchanges MSBs? The Québec Government’s Authorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF“) today issued a News Release announcing that businesses that operate digital currency ATMs and “platforms for trading virtual currencies” must be licensed by the AMF as money services businesses (“MSB“) pursuant to the provincial Money Services Business Act (the “Act“). It also issued a [...]

US-Canada drug enforcement plans to disrupt drug imports from British Columbia, scrutinize Bitcoin, MSBs and intercept more texts

US cross-border drug strategy to cover new ground in British Columbia Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime Let’s Talk Bitcoin has an interesting article here on the US drug initiative to reduce the cross-border drug trade between Canada and the US with a focus on targeting the use [...]

Thoughts on FinCEN Director’s speech on bank de-risking and the refusal of banking services to MSBs (and by implication, Bitcoin)

De-risking that results in unbankable businesses  By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime In a speech delivered to the anti-money laundering legal and law enforcement community, the Director of FinCEN, Jennifer Shasky Calvery, made some interesting and compelling comments that touch on the economic costs of anti-money laundering (“AML“) law, [...]

Canada implements world’s first national Bitcoin law

New Bitcoin Law By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime At the end of this week, the Parliament of Canada approved what is likely the world’s first national Bitcoin law, and certainly the world’s first treatment in law of Bitcoin under national anti-money laundering law. Late Thursday, Canada’s Governor [...]

2nd Annual ACAMS Conference in Toronto on Anti-Money Laundering

The ACAMS 2nd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference Canada in Toronto on June 9-10, 2014 has an interesting and exciting list of speakers and topics. Highlights of this year’s program include: Corruption Presentation – Interpol’s Michel Girodo. Critical Guidance on Anti-Money Laundering Laws – Jamal El-Hindi, Associate Director, Policy Division, FinCEN.  Anti-Bribery Update – [...]

Bitcoin in Amsterdam

We are participating in three exciting sessions on digital currencies (and Bitcoin) in Amsterdam this month for those interested in joining: At the Bitcoin Foundation Conference on May 16, 2014 on a panel discussing anti-money laundering chaired by Adam Shapiro, Director of Promontory Financial Group with: Dirk Haubrich, Head of Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation [...]

Jackpot or not? Report says online gambling sites and Bitcoin facilitate money laundering but the Report has inaccuracies

Report incorrectly alleges that online gambling sites and Bitcoin facilitate money laundering by Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, Certified Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Law Specialist Follow @cduhaime According to a report released by McAfee Labs, available here entitled “Jackpot! Money Laundering Through Online Gambling,” the global online gambling sector appears to be rife with money laundering [...]

10th Annual National Money Laundering Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School

The agenda is out for the upcoming 10th Annual National Symposium on Money Laundering in Toronto on April 4, 2014. The Symposium includes sessions on the following: Report from Gérald Cossette, Director of FINTRAC on Current Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Trends in Canada. Financial Institution Lessons Learned from US and Canada on Money Laundering [...]

Canada announces regulation of bitcoin, digital currencies and Internet gambling sites under anti-money laundering laws

Federal government to regulate bitcoin and other digital currencies As was widely anticipated, the federal government announced today that it will amend federal legislation to require the regulation of digital currencies like bitcoin in order to eliminate the potential risks of digital currencies being used for terrorist financing and money laundering. Interestingly, the proposed legislation [...]