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UK freezes bank account linked to Azerbaijani Laundromat

British investigators have frozen a bank account linked to a multi-billion dollar Azerbaijani money-laundering scheme that a network of investigative reporters has alleged rinsed dirty money mainly through four, UK-registered shell companies. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday that the Account Freezing Order (AFO), part of a new… Read More

EU agrees on directive for combating cryptocurrency and credit card fraud

European Parliament and Council of the EU negotiators have reached an agreement on new measures aimed at boosting the fight against fraud involving non-cash means of payment, including credit cards, online shopping and virtual currencies such as bitcoin. The agreed text of the directive on combating fraud and counterfeiting of… Read More

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank to book compliance costs of $216 million in first half

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AX) said on Tuesday that it would book charges of A$300 million (170 million pounds/$216 million) that would be reflected in its first-half results ending December. The charges include a higher-than-expected compliance cost of A$100 million related to a quasi-judicial inquiry into Australia’s financial sector, the… Read More
14th December 2018
AP — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency… Read More
13th December 2018
British investigators have frozen a bank account linked to a multi-billion dollar Azerbaijani money-laundering scheme that a network of investigative reporters has alleged rinsed dirty money mainly through four, UK-registered shell companies. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday that the Account Freezing Order (AFO), part of a new… Read More
13th December 2018
European Parliament and Council of the EU negotiators have reached an agreement on new measures aimed at boosting the fight against fraud involving non-cash means of payment, including credit cards, online shopping and virtual currencies such as bitcoin. The agreed text of the directive on combating fraud and counterfeiting of… Read More
13th December 2018
AP — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with tampering with the final audit report on a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections. Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former… Read More
13th December 2018
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief and former foreign minister, has warned that Iranians are running out of patiencewith the European Union’s pledge to maintain trade with Tehran despite ramped-up U.S. sanctions against its oil and banking sectors. “If we cannot sell our oil and we don’t enjoy financial… Read More
13th December 2018
Pakistan on Wednesday denounced the United States for placing it on a list of countries violating religious freedoms, calling the designation politically motivated. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday added mainly Muslim Pakistan to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern”, which have violated religious freedoms or… Read More
12th December 2018
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AX) said on Tuesday that it would book charges of A$300 million (170 million pounds/$216 million) that would be reflected in its first-half results ending December. The charges include a higher-than-expected compliance cost of A$100 million related to a quasi-judicial inquiry into Australia’s financial sector, the… Read More
12th December 2018
AP — Five people in President Donald Trump’s orbit have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors in Washington and New York are investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 election and whether Trump directed an illegal hush-money scheme to silence women… Read More
11th December 2018
The United Kingdom has announced new measures it says will boost transparency and tackle the misuse of Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs), following a consultation on reforming limited partnership law and a number of high-profile money laundering scandals. Under the proposals, individuals registering limited partnerships (LPs) must demonstrate that they are… Read More
11th December 2018
There has been a huge fall in the value of fines issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), with new figures showing a drop of 88% in a year. An analysis of the FCA’s enforcement database shows that fines handed down by the regulator so far this year (data accurate… Read More
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Tax treaties create $4.2 trillion cash flow through Netherlands

A network of favorable tax treaties and an industry devoted to minimizing tax bills has made the Netherlands the conduit for an annual flow of capital five times the size of its own economy, new research showed on Thursday. Statistics Netherlands published the data for the first time — based… Read More

Ex-wife of Russian billionaire secures first sliver of $572 mln divorce bill

The former British wife of a Russian billionaire, who was ordered to pay a 453 million pound divorce bill, has claimed the first sliver of the award after seizing and selling a helicopter, her advisers said on Thursday. Oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay around 40… Read More