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EBA publishes regulatory products under the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation​

The package of EBA regulatory products comprises:
Final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on the use of asset-referenced tokens (ARTs) and electronic money tokens (EMTs) denominated in a non-EU currency as a means of exchange;
Final draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the reporting obligations of issuers of ARTs and EMTs denominated in a non-EU currency, and of crypto-asset service providers (CASPs);
Guidelines (GL) on liquidity stress testing;
Final draft RTS on supervisory colleges.

MONEYVAL reports on the progress of Moldova since its Mutual Evaluation and first follow-up report

Following the review of Moldova, 34 recommendations are rated as LC/C and 6 recommendations (R.8, R.15, R.22, R.24, R.25 and R.38) remain rated as PC.

MONEYVAL releases second enhanced follow-up report on Gibraltar’s progress

In light of the progress made by Gibraltar since its Mutual Evaluation and 1st Follow-Up report were adopted, its technical compliance with Recommendation 36 is re-rated from Partially Compliant to Largely Compliant.

Eurojust publishes first report on the use of encrypted communications in criminal investigations

Gives an overview of the use of encrypted communication tools such as EncroChat and SkyECC by criminal networks and analyses the topic of encryption from a legal, technical, policy and research point of view.

FinCEN clarifies beneficial ownership reporting requirements releasing updated FAQs

The FAQs provide essential clarifications on reporting obligations, required information and compliance procedures which are crucial for businesses to understand and adhere to under the new regulations…

US DoJ announces three UK nationals have been charged with involvement in the evolved apes NFT scam

Three defendants are charged with inflating non-fungible token prices using false claims about a video game and funneling profits to personal accounts, a violation the FBI is committed to pursuing perpetrators…

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US DoJ accuses The Epoch Times media company for a massive ML and cryptocurrency scam

The attorney’s office denied charges against the Epoch Times, a conservative right-wing media company known for its conspiratorial coverage of global politics and criticism of the chinese communist party…

Finews: UBS was fined by the EFD for failing to report suspected ML cases related to the former Yemeni president

UBS recorded 5,438 warning notices in connection with its relationships with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. However, the bank did not forward these warnings to the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland. UBS also failed in the handling large amount of money associated with corrupt practices by Saleh to be withdrawn from state control. Saleh lost power in Yemen in 2012 and was killed by Houthi fighters…

US DoJ announces the extradition of Estonian nationals from Estonia to the US for $575m cryptocurrency fraud and ML scheme

Potapenko and Turogin manipulated victims into purchasing contracts for virtual currency shares, with US Customs and Border Protection aiding in their arrest and facilitating their entry into the US. The US thanks the Cybercrime Bureau of the National Criminal Police of the Estonian Police and border gaurd for its support with the investigation…

Race begins for AMLA Chair: This selection procedure is subject to the publication and entry into force of the EU’s AML/CFT regulation…

The new AMLA Chair will be responsible for: Acting as the head and legal representative of the AMLA, Preparing the Authority’s work, as well as of the Authority’s Executive Board, Managing the Authority, supervising its operations and Being accountable to the European Parliament and to the Council for the implementation of the AMLA Regulation…

MONEYVAL publishes AML/CTF follow-up reports evaluating progress by Republic of Moldova in implementing the FATF recommendations

The Republic of Moldova has made notable progress in enhancing its measures against terrorism financing and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, achieving ‘Largely Compliant’ ratings with international standards. MONEYVAL notes that Moldova has made only limited progress in regulating virtual assets and service providers, retaining a partial compliance rating in this sector…