Ming Pao Newspaper covers diamond smuggling trade from Hong Kong to Vancouver

Tweet Diamond smuggling into Vancouver The Ming Pao Saturday Magazine has an interesting story on the arrest of two men from Hong Kong who attempted to smuggle $120 million worth of diamonds into Canada. The diamonds were strapped to their legs and are believed to be proceeds of crime. The story discusses the issue of […]

FedEx charged with money laundering over alleged drug shipments

Tweet FedEx Corp. has been indicted over allegations of money laundering in connection with five shipments it made of alleged illegal prescription drugs from online pharmacies in which several persons are alleged to have died. According to ABC News, FedEx faces a $1.6 billion fine if found guilty. According to the indictment, online pharmacies sent […]

Inquiry in Canada hears that P3 infrastructure hospital project is “biggest corruption fraud” in Canadian history

Tweet “On m’a toujours dit que les PPP c’était anti-collusion” –  Infrastructure Québec According to law enforcement testimony at Canada’s Charbonneau Commission heard last week, the $2 billion public-private partnership (“P3“) infrastructure project in Canada to build the McGill University Hospital Centre (“MUHC“) is the largest corruption fraud case in the history of Canada. It’s […]

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 […]

Carson Yeung – The life of a money launderer in Hong Kong and Macau

Tweet Money laundering For junket operators Bloomberg has a great story on the rise and fall of Carson Yeung Ka-shing, the Hong Kong businessman and owner of the Birmingham City football club, convicted earlier this week of  laundering $93 million through, inter alia, junket operators and casinos in Macau. Mr. Yeung was arrested in June […]

Money laundering is “huge” in Hong Kong and Macau; Mixed judicial response to money laundering

Tweet Money laundering is more prevalent than elsewhere According to a recent survey of business people who operate and do business in Hong Kong and Macau, money laundering is a huge problem and in fact, is more prevalent there than anywhere else in the world. The results of the survey which were reported in South China […]

Canada’s government-issued Bitcoin, the MintChip

Tweet Update: The MintChip was cancelled on the day in which its AML consultant and I were scheduled to talk about it at a Bitcoin Conference in New York City and on the local news in New York. My speech was as below, that it was inconsistent for Canada to launch a MintChip when the Minister of […]

Canada announces regulation of bitcoin, digital currencies and Internet gambling sites under anti-money laundering laws

Tweet Federal government to regulate bitcoin and other digital currencies As was widely anticipated, the federal government announced today that it will amend federal legislation to require the regulation of digital currencies like bitcoin in order to eliminate the potential risks of digital currencies being used for terrorist financing and money laundering. Interestingly, the proposed […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

Thoughts on foreign corruption rankings

Tweet 2013 Corruption Index According to Transparency International‘s newly published 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index, the new top ten corrupt nations are Somalia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Syria.  The ten least corrupt are Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Luxembourg. The results are based […]