P3 infrastructure criminal charges in Canada against a politically exposed person

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 Switzerland […]

Developer sued for taking proceeds of crime from foreign nationals

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 the […]

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

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 (“PEP“). […]

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

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 processed […]

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

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 Shengkun, […]

Financier Worldwide Magazine – Infrastructure funding and corruption in Canada

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 money […]

DYK on high rollers at Macau casinos

Here are some interesting facts on high roller gamblers who frequent Macau casinos: 90% of the gamblers in Macau are from China. 1% of players in Macau, the high rollers, account for 30% of annual gross gaming revenue. The economy of Macau is entirely dependent upon gambling, players from China and specifically, the high rollers […]

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

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. There […]

Chinese tycoon and brother sentenced to death for financial crimes and mafia-style murders

Liu Han, the 148th richest man in China, sentenced to death with his brother and several employees 湖北省咸宁市中级人民法院23日上午9时对刘汉、刘维等36人组织、领导、参加黑社会性质组织罪以及故意杀人罪等案件一审公开宣判。 判决被告人刘汉、刘维犯组织、领导黑社会性质组织罪、故意杀人罪等罪,均被决定执行死刑,剥夺政治权利终身,并处没收个人全部财产;被告人唐先兵、张东华、田先伟、袁绍林、文香灼、张伟、曾建军、黄谋、刘岗、旷小坪、钟昌华、桓立柱犯参加黑社会性质组织罪、故意杀人罪、故意伤害罪等罪,分别被决定执行死刑、死刑缓期两年执行或无期徒刑,剥夺政治权利终身,并处一定数额罚金;被告人孙华君、缪军、陈力铭、曾建、詹军、李波、旷晓燕、郑旭、仇德峰、李君国、肖永红、孙长兵、王万洪、闵杰、车大勇、王雷、刘光辉、刘小平、刘淼犯参加黑社会性质组织罪、故意杀人罪、故意伤害罪等罪,分别被决定执行或判处二十年至三年不等的有期徒刑,其中部分被告人并处一定数额罚金或没收个人部分财产;被告人刘学军、刘忠伟、吕斌犯包庇、纵容黑社会性质组织罪、受贿罪,分别被决定执行有期徒刑十六年、十三年、十一年,并处没收违法所得;被告单位汉龙集团犯骗取贷款、票据承兑、金融票证罪,判处罚金人民币三亿元。共判处5人死刑、5人死刑缓期两年执行,4人无期徒刑,22人有期徒刑。

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

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 that US$2.6 […]