The $200 million a year refugee smuggling operation in Libya

A $200 million a year business and growing  The EU – Turkey deal to close the borders of the EU to refugees and migrants has shifted the human smuggling routes back to Libya. The focus back to Libya means ISIS’ large source of terrorist financing from this activity is flowing again, which may also facilitate [...]

The Chinese Way – the impact of China’s anti-corruption campaign on trade-based money laundering and Macau casinos

Money Laundering Bulletin in the UK has a good article out today on the anti-corruption drive in China and its impact on the casinos in Macau, which explores the anti-money laundering lapses and lack of legislation in the gambling industry in Macau, and the corresponding increase of trade-based money laundering in China. Trade-based money laundering According [...]

Canadian arrested for money laundering after allegedly transporting hundreds of millions by private jet to US & tax havens through lawyer

Private jets of cash According to an article in La Presse, Martin Grenier, a Canadian from Repentigny, Québec, was arrested in Detroit and charged on February 13, 2014, with money laundering along with two Americans, including a lawyer.  Grenier is alleged to have facilitated the laundering of so much cash, that private jets were used to transport [...]

Canada’s diamond trade being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, report finds

Canada is among a handful of countries where the diamond industry is being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, according to a report by a global financial crime body. The report by the Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based global body that sets standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, says that Canada [...]

Canada still a “major money laundering country” in 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report on AML

The 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“INCSR“) published this month by the U.S. Department of State, particularly volume I on the drug trafficking trade, is more favourable of Canada than the last two years, primarily as a result of the enactment in Canada of the Omnibus Crime Bill C-10, know as the Safe Streets and [...]

Report on illicit transfer of funds out of Russia

Global Financial Integrity has released an interesting study detailing the illicit flow of funds from Russia to other countries. The highlights of the study entitled “Russia: Illicit Financial Flows and the Role of the Underground Economy”, available here, are that: From 1994 – 2011, Russia lost US$211 billion in illicit cash outflow; Most of the [...]

Mexico losing billions of dollars from trade-based money laundering

According to a new report by Global Financial Integrity, approximately US$872 billion flowed illicitly from Mexico during 1970 to 2010 from money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. The flow of funds represents about  5% of Mexico’s GDP. The report noted that trade-based money laundering was the most common method used to remove money from Mexico [...]

U.S. Attorney files complaint against Lebanese Canadian Bank in trade-based money laundering case

The U.S. Attorney has filed a money laundering complaint commencing an in rem forfeiture action against the Lebanese Canadian Bank and others, seeking penalties of US$446 million in connection with what it says was a money laundering scheme operated by the Bank. The action is one of the first trade-based money laundering cases. As part of the alleged [...]