P3 infrastructure criminal charges in Canada against a politically exposed person

Tweet The RCMP has charged a former head of a Crown corporation, Michel Fournier, and his wife, Judith Fournier, both resident in Victoria, with money laundering in connection with alleged corruption from kickbacks they allegedly received tied to a $127 million contract to renovate the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Fournier had a secret bank account in […]

Developer sued for taking proceeds of crime from foreign nationals

Tweet New York real estate developer being sued for $18 billion for accepting alleged proceeds of corruption from foreigners who were known PEPs According to an article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, real estate developers in New York are being sued for accepting proceeds of corruption from politically exposed persons (PEP). The plaintiffs are […]

Nigeria says US$150 billion stolen from state coffers in 10 years by politically exposed persons

Tweet Whopping $150 Billion Stolen from Nigeria in 10 Years Nigeria’s new President, Muhammadu Buhari, today said that the government believes that its officials have stolen approximately US$150 billion from the state in the past ten years.  In anti-money laundering law, high ranking government officials with access to state property and assets are politically exposed persons […]

The FIFA scandal and why banks may be facing regulatory issues over KYC failures

Tweet FIFA Indictment against PEPs The 47-count Indictment against 14 persons employed or engaged by FIFA by the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“EDNY“), and their arrest may do more than shake up international soccer – it also has the potential to result in significant fines against many global banks who […]

China and US agree to cooperate to help China track down & repatriate “economic fugitives”

Tweet Late last week, at a meeting in Beijing, the US and China agreed to continue cooperating in the removal of Chinese foreign nationals from the US who are suspected of having immigrated with proceeds of corruption. The meeting took place between Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Central Politics and Law Commission, and national police chief Guo […]

Financier Worldwide Magazine – Infrastructure funding and corruption in Canada

Tweet Our article in Financier Worldwide, linked below, discusses the approval in Canada of the last tranche of $100 billion in infrastructure funding authorized on the unusual basis that it be used for corruption-free projects. The approval comes as Canada grapples with the fallout from the largest corruption case in the world and the first […]

China seeking advice on deporting 1,000 EB-5 immigrants from US and recover assets in what may be the first cases of G20 “denial of safe haven” policy

Tweet Removal of Foreign Nationals & Asset Recovery According to several news reports, such as the one here, the government of China is in discussions with the US government (and firms) regarding the process to deport or extradict former Chinese nationals believed to have immigrated with billions of dollars in proceeds of crime from corruption. […]

Billionaire banker executed in $2.6B money laundering case and two co-defendants in Canada

Tweet Billionaire money launderer executed According to the Washington Post, billionaire banker Mahafarid Amir Khosravi was executed today in Tehran for bank fraud and money laundering. He is alleged to have forged letters of credit with the assistance of bank managers from the Melli Bank to start a private bank called Aria Bank. Iranian courts found […]

Equatorial Guinea Vice President charged with money laundering

Tweet The Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Obiang, has been charged with money laundering in a multinational corruption case in which it is alleged that he illegally moved state assets to other countries, including France. His lawyer in France, Olivier Metzner, was found dead last year floating in the sea near Boëdic island in Gulf of […]

Two Hong Kong billionaires convicted of money laundering over Macau government procurement case

Tweet Surprising criminal conviction of two Hong Kong tycoons In a surprising decision, the Macau Court of First Instance has convicted two high-profile Hong Kong businessmen of money laundering. Joseph Lau Luen-hung, 劉鑾雄, and Stephen Lo Kit-sing, 羅傑承, each received a sentence of five years and three months in prison and were sentenced in absentia.  Mr. Lau is […]