BVI Premier arrested for conspiracy to import cocaine for Mexican cartel and money laundering

The Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Alturo Fahie, and BVI port authority head Oleanvine Maynard (“Maynard“), were arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges in Miami yesterday, shortly after looking at $700,000 in cash in a private jet that was earmarked for them. The cash, they were told, was a payment from […]

Offshore advisory firm that once advised Crocodile Dundee star pleads guilty to helping wealthy clients hide money in tax havens

Strachans SA Last month, Strachans SA, pleaded guilty in the US to hiding income and assets in offshore bank accounts, and in various corporate entities from tax authorities for its clients. Strachans SA was an accounting and financial services firm based in Jersey and Switzerland. In 2013, it became news-worthy when it and/or one of […]

Mexico’s FIU freezes bank accounts used to launder money of 1,937 suspected CJNG cartel members and their lawyers

Mexico’s financial intelligence unit, working with the DEA, yesterday announced that it had frozen the bank accounts of 1,770 men and women and 167 companies believed to be tied to, or working for, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (“CJNG“), believed to have been used to launder approximately US$1.1 billion in proceeds of crime from the […]

Drug kingpin Caesar Emilio Peralta (Caesar el Abusador) arrested in Colombia on anniversary of Escobar’s death

Caesar Emilio Peralta, also known as Caesar the abuser, an OFAC designated drug kingpin from the Dominican Republic, was arrested in a rented condo in a hotel in the upscale Bocagrande District of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Police say he was getting ready to flee to Panama. Peralta is wanted on charges of international narcotics […]

8 questions you may have had about the movie “The Laundromat” and yes, there are British Columbia connections

Part 1 – Background Skip this Part 1 if you know about Mossack Fonseca and shell and shelf companies. The movie The Laundromat is about lawyers and big law firms and the system that fuels offshore money movements, often involving the proceeds of crime. The movie is about a big law firm called Mossack Fonseca that was […]

Mexican national with alleged ties to money laundering, is fighting to re-enter Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun has an interesting story here about an immigration case in the Federal Court of Canada involving alleged money laundering of a politically exposed person (“PEP“) with ties to the leader of a Mexican political party called the National Action Party. Sergio Antonio Reyes Garcia, a Mexican national, arrived in Vancouver on March […]

Dominican Republic alleged drug kingpin Caesar Peralta and his close ties to federal government officials

On August 20, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) designated Caesar Emilio Peralta, a national from the Dominican Republic and the criminal organization he is said to control, as significant narcotics traffickers and a drug kingpin under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Alleged money launderer and trafficker Peralta is known as “Caesar […]

France & Spain go after Syrian PEP, the Butcher of Hama’s $1 billion in unexplained wealth

Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, is facing permanent asset forfeiture in France in connection with unexplained wealth and asset accumulation in France. He was charged in France last month with corruption, money laundering and embezzlement of state assets from Syria. He was ordered to remain in France. He is a politically exposed […]

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 […]