Two arrested, including one Canadian, in the 1st state bitcoin prosecution in Florida over alleged money laundering

Tweet In another first for bitcoin, the Miami Beach Police today arrested two men for alleged money laundering involving bitcoin. And one of them is Canadian. According to police, undercover officers and special agents from the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force posed as bitcoins buyers and contacted various bitcoin sellers on the website “localbitcoins.com” specifically […]

Marijuana brownies & the “smell of money laundering” – email evidence leads to arrest of bitcoin guru over money laundering charges

Tweet One of bitcoin’s earliest enthusiasts, Charlie Shrem who ran BitInstant, a New York based bitcoin exchange, was arrested today and charged with money laundering conspiracy, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and failure to file suspicious activity reports to FinCEN. The Criminal Complaint was filed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New […]

FINTRAC fines two money services businesses for anti-money laundering failures

Tweet FINTRAC, Canada’s financial intelligence unit, has assessed relatively minor penalties against two money services businesses. Sutlej Foreign Exchange Inc., an Ontario-based money services business, was fined $8,450 for failing to: have a written compliance plan; undertake a risk assessment for a compliance plan; train employees on anti-money laundering; report electronic funds transfers to FINTRAC; […]

FinCEN proposing adding prepaid cards to anti-money laundering reporting system

Tweet The U.S. federal regulatory agency, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is proposing amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act regulations that would regulate prepaid cards and similar devices in the U.S. The proposal covers plastic cards, mobile phones, electronic serial numbers, key fobs and mechanisms that provide a portal to funds that have been paid […]

FINTRAC fines unregistered money services business

Tweet FINTRAC has fined Bharat Money Exchange Ltd., located in Surrey, British Columbia, $36,100 for numerous violations of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act for operating a money services business without registering with FINTRAC or filing appropriate reports. Bharat was also fined for numerous failures flowing from its unregistered status, including failure […]