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 [...]

Iran sues US over sanctions

The Islamic Republic of Iran is suing the US at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the US sanctions annouced on May 8, 2018. ICJ is the forum for the resolution of disputes among members of the Untied Nations. Iran is claiming that the sanctions of May 8, 2018, violate the Treaty of Amity entered into [...]

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 [...]

US lists Vancouver company a “significant transnational criminal organization”

Vancouver company listed as a criminal organization  Allegations of global money laundering from Vancouver through the financial system Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“), designated Vancouver based PacNet and its connected companies, as a significant transnational criminal organization (“TCO“) for its role acting as an alleged money laundering [...]