Partner of alleged international human trafficker and money launderer arrested in Dominican Republic

Marisol Franco, the common law spouse of César Peralta, known as “César the Abuser” was arrested in the Dominican Republic yesterday in connection with charges against Peralta of alleged money laundering, drug trafficking and human trafficking of young women from Venezuela and Colombia. Peralta was designated as a drug kingpin in the US last week [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

$15 million in heroin seized from Iranian truckers entering Bulgaria

The Bulgarian police have seized a transport truck from Iran attempting to cross the Bulgarian – Turkey border with 288 kilos of pure heroin, with a street value of $15 million at the low end. The heroin was dry-walled, meaning each brick of heroin was covered individually with drywalling material. According to the US 2019 [...]

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 Another Iranian in Canada alleged to owe millions to Iran 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 [...]

Listed terrorist organization asks for Bitcoin

According to an article in CCN today, a person who may be a supporter of HAMAS, a listed terrorist organization, allegedly took to social media – in particular Twitter – to solicit financial support with Bitcoin. The Twitter account is still operational even though, if the story is accurate, the tweet constitutes an attempt at [...]

US Issues sanctions against Venezuela’s ICO – the Petro Coin

Executive Order  President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing economic sanction on the initial coin offering (“ICO“) by the Government of Venezuela, called the Petro coin (the “Petro ICO“). The Executive Order makes it illegal to engage in transactions, dealings or financings in connection with the Petro ICO, which would include buying, selling, trading, marketing, [...]

Selling watches and other stuff may land you in hot water

The high end jewellery chain, Cartier, was fined US$384,000 for violating US sanctions on four occasions for selling expensive jewellery to Shuen Wai Holding Limited, a Hong Kong company. But surprisingly, the purchases took place in California and Nevada. Shuen Wai Holding Limited is on the OFAC List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons and American [...]

Predictive money laundering and damming orders – what are they?

WMD Last week, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against a bank in China for allegedly providing financial services to North Korean companies and said it was rolling out more sanctions in the weeks to come. The bank, the Bank of Dandong, is alleged to have facilitated money laundering by allowing its bank to be [...]