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Man said to be Jamaican lottery scam kingpin gets 6 years

AP — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Lavrick Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion where he… Read More

EU adopts new directive on combating money laundering by criminal law

The Council of the European Union has adopted new rules establishing jail sentences and sanctions for money launderers and terror financiers. The new directive complements, on the criminal law aspects, the directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist… Read More

Ponzi scheme suspect paid $720K for prayers amid SEC probe

AP — An investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off a federal investigation and save her failing business, according to testimony at her trial this week. Using… Read More
16th October 2018
AP — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Lavrick Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion where he… Read More
16th October 2018
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he had designated five groups, including Hezbollah and MS-13, as transnational criminal organizations to target with tougher investigations and prosecutions. Sessions also said he had designated the Sinaloa Cartel, Clan de Golfo and Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion for the crack down… Read More
15th October 2018
The Council of the European Union has adopted new rules establishing jail sentences and sanctions for money launderers and terror financiers. The new directive complements, on the criminal law aspects, the directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist… Read More
15th October 2018
AP — An investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off a federal investigation and save her failing business, according to testimony at her trial this week. Using… Read More
11th October 2018
AP — Across Latin America, prosecutors have been pressing charges in recent years against politicians accused of corruption in the scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which admitted to paying $800 million in bribes in the region. Not in Mexico. Evidence that could shed light on bribes paid… Read More
10th October 2018
The US Department of Justice has fined HSBC $765 million over its sale of mortgage-based securities, which resulted in buyers being mislead and investors suffering heavy losses. Residential mortgage-backed securities were a major cause of the 2008 financial crisis, which saw the crash of the US housing market. The DoJ… Read More
10th October 2018
U.S. authorities are investigating whether Standard Chartered (STAN.L) breached Iran-related compliance rules as recently as 2013, a year after it settled with them over earlier allegations of breaches and pledged to improve internal controls. Standard Chartered’s chief executive Bill Winters said in a memo to senior staff addressing recent media… Read More
10th October 2018
Regulators are set to exercise their new powers by handing out fines and even temporary bans on companies that breach a new EU privacy law, with the first round of sanctions expected by the end of the year, the bloc’s privacy chief said. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation… Read More
10th October 2018
AP — South Africa’s finance minister resigned on Tuesday after acknowledging missteps during the scandal-tainted tenure of former president Jacob Zuma. The resignation of Nhlanhla Nene was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to clean up corruption and revive South Africa’s economy, which is… Read More
9th October 2018
Swiss bank UBS Group and six of its executives faced trial in France on Monday over charges of money laundering and tax evasion. The charges, which were also brought against UBS’ French unit, originate from a report by employee Bradley Birkenfeld which detailed a scheme to help rich clients funnel… Read More
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EU adopts Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive EU 6AMLD, deadline set

Countries across the European Union will have two years to implement a new system of jail sentences and sanctions for money launderers following the formal adoption of the EU’s latest anti-money laundering directive, dubbed 6AMLD (Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive) on 11 October 2018. Once the directive is published in the… Read More

Anti-money laundering compliance costs hit $25 billion annually – study

The cost of AML compliance across U.S. financial services firms equaled $25.3 billion per year based on survey responses from more than 150 decision-makers at banks, investment, asset management and insurance firms, according to a new study. The report shows that smaller firms are hit hardest, relative to their bottom… Read More