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FinCEN extends the deadline to file beneficial ownership information reports

FinCEN believes the proposed extension will have significant benefits. An extension will give reporting companies created or registered in 2024 additional time to understand their regulatory obligations under the Reporting Rule and obtain the required information.

US DoJ announces the arrest of Russian international money launderer for illicitly procuring large quantities of U.S.-manufactured dual-use military grade microelectronics for Russian elites

Maxim Marchenko, 51, a Russian citizen who has resided in Hong Kong, was charged today in connection with conspiring to defraud the United States and with smuggling, wire fraud, and money laundering offenses based on his alleged participation in a scheme to unlawfully procure U.S.-sourced, dual-use microelectronics with military applications on behalf of end users in Russia.

FinCEN issues compliance guide to help small businesses report beneficial ownership information

Among other things, the Guide:
Describes each of the BOI reporting rule’s provisions in simple, easy-to-read language;
Answers key questions; and
Provides interactive checklists, infographics, and other tools to assist businesses in complying with the BOI reporting rule.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act Gets Nine New Sponsors

Elizabeth Warren has secured the support of nine other senators for her Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, boosting her efforts to tackle the perceived risks posed by cryptocurrencies…

White House issues memorandum on Presidential determination on major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries for fiscal year 2024

Countries identified are: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

FinCEN issues alert on prevalent virtual currency investment scam commonly known as “pig butchering”

“Pig butchering” scams resemble the practice of fattening a hog before slaughter. Victims invest in supposedly legitimate virtual currency investment opportunities before they are conned out of their money.

FinCEN hosts public-private dialogue on countering the DPRK’s illicit cyber activities

Dialogue focused on countering the abuse of the digital ecosystem by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  The DPRK continues to use, steal, and launder virtual assets in order to fund its illicit weapons programs…

FinCEN Notice highlights concerning increase in payroll tax evasion, workers’ compensation fraud in the construction sector

FinCEN shines a light on how illicit actors within the construction industry are using shell companies and other tactics to commit workers’ compensation fraud and avoid payroll taxes…

FinCEN officials travel to Mexico for meetings with Mexican counterparts on illicit finance trends associated with fentanyl and other threats

Government agencies shared new financial threat information on fentanyl precursor supply chains, human smuggling and trafficking, professional trade-based money laundering, and fraud, all of which enable illicit trafficking networks…

White House publishes National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan

This plan details more than 65 high-impact Federal initiatives, from protecting American jobs by combatting cybercrimes to building a skilled cyber workforce equipped to excel in the increasingly digital economy.

US Treasury appoints Andrea Gacki as the new director of FinCEN

Ms. Gacki presently serves as the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Treasury Department, where she has played a leading role in the United States Government’s implementation and enforcement of economic sanctions during critical national security challenges facing the United States.

US Treasury Sanctions Official Linked to Corruption in Serbia

The designation of Aleksandar Vulin (Vulin) underscores the US determination to hold accountable those engaged in corrupt dealings that further their own political agendas and personal interests at the expense of peace and stability in the Western Balkans. These corrupt…