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Money laundering: Pilatus Bank could lose EU licence

The European Central Bank (ECB) is reportedly looking to revoke the licence of Pilatus Bank, following the arrest of its chairman over money laundering charges and allegations it processed corrupt payments. Malta’s banking regulator has also previously recommended that the licence be withdrawn. The ECB’s supervisory board has… Read More

UK gambling: Paddy Power Betfair gets £2 million penalty over money laundering, KYC

The Gambling Commission has penalised Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) for failing to conduct adequate anti-money laundering checks and protect customers, as well as for allowing clients to gamble ‘significant’ sums of stolen money on its betting exchange. PPB will pay a penalty package of £2.2m, the Commission said, after… 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
18th October 2018
The European Central Bank (ECB) is reportedly looking to revoke the licence of Pilatus Bank, following the arrest of its chairman over money laundering charges and allegations it processed corrupt payments. Malta’s banking regulator has also previously recommended that the licence be withdrawn. The ECB’s supervisory board has… Read More
17th October 2018
The Gambling Commission has penalised Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) for failing to conduct adequate anti-money laundering checks and protect customers, as well as for allowing clients to gamble ‘significant’ sums of stolen money on its betting exchange. PPB will pay a penalty package of £2.2m, the Commission said, after… Read More
17th October 2018
A U.S. judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between a federal regulator, Tesla Inc and its chief executive officer, Elon Musk, over his tweets promising to take the company private, signalling an end to a tumultuous period for investors. Tesla shares rose as much as 5.5 percent to $273.88 before… 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
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
9th October 2018
The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has reached a $5,263,171 settlement with JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPMC) over violations pertaining to sanctions, covering Iran, the Cuban assets control rules and weapons of mass destruction proliferators. The transactions were net settlement payments, of which a ‘very small portion’… Read More
5th October 2018
AP — The United States government has opened a criminal investigation into the flow of dirty money through the Estonian branch of Denmark’s biggest bank, the lender said Thursday. Danske Bank says it is “in dialogue” with the U.S. Department of Justice, which had asked for… Read More
5th October 2018
AP — Elon Musk is taunting the government regulators who threatened to oust him as CEO of electric carmaker Tesla just days after he settled a case alleging he duped investors. Musk used his Twitter account to jab the Securities and Exchange Commission, the same agency… Read More
4th October 2018
AP — Chinese tax authorities have ordered “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country’s highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from public view. Of the total… Read More
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Germany: Santander bank caught up in major tax evasion investigation

Prosecutors in Germany have launched a probe into the role Spanish bank Santander may have played in a widespread tax fraud scheme. The probe, which has seen the authorities examine the role of other banks, looks at allegations that Santander executed trades that facilitated ‘severe tax evasion’ between 2007 and… Read More

Denmark investigates Nordea Bank over money laundering allegation

Denmark’s state prosecutor has launched a probe into a complaint that Nordea Bank facilitated money laundering. The Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime declined to name the firm that made the allegations, but said in a tweet: “We can confirm that we have received a report… Read More