Iranian charged in €6.6 billion case with disrupting Iran’s economy by moving money for sanctions avoidance, immigrated to Canada

Updated 2019-04-14 Marjan Sheikholeslami, an Iranian foreign national, now living in Toronto, Canada, is alleged to have played a major part of a financial crime case with an Iranian petroleum executive, Reza Hamzehlou, and is on trial in absentia in Iran for disrupting Iran’s financial system to the tune of €6,600,000,000. Mr. Hamzehlou was the CEO [...]

US identifies Canada as major money laundering country, and notes concern over its low prosecution rate

Canada once again a “Major Money Laundering” country The 2019 “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” (INCSR) published on Friday by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada once again as a “major money laundering country” along with a host of risky countries for financial crime. A “major money laundering country” is one whose banks and financial [...]

Alleged drug dealer in Vancouver tied to Silk Road facing extradition

A Vancouver man, James Ellingson, is the subject of an extradition request by the US, based on charges that include money laundering and narcotics importation from the Southern District of New York. Ellingson was arrested in Vancouver on October 29, 2018, under an Extradition Act provisional warrant. According to the SDNY, Ellingson sold drugs on the darknet [...]

How artificial intelligence is changing investigations, policing and law enforcement

Artificial intelligence is having a significant positive impact on the ability of law enforcement to identify criminals and to detect and investigate crime.  In the process, it is changing the face of policing. Early AI in Money Laundering AI in law enforcement is not new. Two areas where AI was used early on in law enforcement were [...]

US indicts 12 Russian nationals for money laundering and hacking

The US has indicted 12 Russian foreign nationals for hacking, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly interfering with the 2016 US presidential election. According to the indictment, Russia operated an intelligence agency called GRU which obtained confidential documents from the Clinton campaign systems by hacking and systematically released them to sway public opinion. According to [...]

35 darknet drug traffickers arrested in the US; $20 million in Bitcoin seized

Over 35 people were arrested in a US-wide sweep by the US DOJ, DEA, US Secret Service, ICE, HSI and the FBI agents for selling illegal drugs over the darknet and laundering the proceeds of crime using, inter alia, Bitcoin. The operation involved agents posing as digital currency exchanges to obtain personal information of drug [...]

Biggest illegal online dark net Bitcoin marketplace shut down; run by a Canadian who committed suicide rather than face US justice

The US DoJ has taken down what it calls the world’s largest criminal marketplace on the Internet called AlphaBay yesterday, which operated for over two years on the dark net. AlphaBay was over ten times larger than Silk Road when Silk Road was taken down in 2013. Like Silk Road, AlphaBay was used for trading of [...]

Turning a blind eye to money laundering now costs you in Canada

In a surprise decision for Canada, an appellate court has reversed a lenient sentence for Jacqueline Garnett, the girlfriend of a drug dealer who was convicted of possession of proceeds of crime, and instead imposed a two-year conditional sentence, partially to be served under house arrest. While the new sentence is still light by global [...]