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US DoJ sentences 4 men for an eight-year investment fraud and money laundering scheme that defrauded over a dozen victims around the world out of more than $18M

For nearly a decade, the defendants brazenly and repeatedly lied to investors, defrauding them out of more than $18M and laundering the proceeds of their crime through a complex web of bank accounts around the world…

The European Council and European Parliament strike a deal on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) with the aim to protect the environment and human rights

Under the CS3D, businesses are required to conduct a thorough due diligence process to identify, mitigate, prevent and account for negative impacts on human rights and the environment, or face potential sanctions or civil liability…

OCCPR: France indicts nephew of Lebanon’s Former Central Bank Governor as part of a wider money laundering probe into Salame

Ex governor Salame has been accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from Lebanon’s central bank in a scheme that spanned more than a decade. Much of this money was allegedly invested in property across Europe, prosecutors say. Several properties and assets worth almost US$100 million were first revealed by previous OCCRP investigations…

OFAC amends Global Magnitsky Sanctions Regulations and designates network of al-Shabaab facilitators

According to OFAC, al-Shabaab generates more than $100m per year to support al-Qa’ida ambitions worldwide and is responsible for some of the worst terrorist attacks in East Africa’s modern history that have claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians.  The targeted network is reportedly made up of influential businesspersons and companies located in the Horn of Africa, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) and Cyprus.

Hong Kong SFC warns public against unlicensed virtual asset trading platform MEXC

SFC has taken a firm stance against cryptocurrency exchange MEXC by adding it to its cautionary list issued on 15th March. This development highlights the SFC’s vigilance in ensuring compliance within the crypto industry, especially regarding licensing requirements for operating in Hong Kong…

FCA successfully convicts a money launderer who violated regulations by operating an unauthorised investment scheme

From 2008 to 2011, Mr Walker helped to source land and undertook conveyancing, registration and consultancy services for plots of land being sold as part of an unauthorised collective investment scheme. This scheme ultimately defrauded consumers of over £4.25 million; on occasions Mr Walker even received monies from investors into his solicitor’s client account.


UK Govt unveils draft law that would require banks to give customers a 3-months notice period and a detailed explanation before de-banking

The legislative move comes months after NatWest’s CEO stepped down in the wake of allegations that a former Brexit Party leader was “de-banked” over his political views…

EU Parliament reaches provisional deal on making firearms import and export more transparent to fight trafficking

Under the updated and more harmonised rules, all imports and a vast majority of export of firearms for civilian use will be subject to closer supervision without compromising trade.

US DoJ announces sentences leader of drug trafficking organisation sentenced for international cocaine trafficking conspiracy

The leader of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization was sentenced last week to 33 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $27 million for charges related to international drug trafficking.

US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco delivers keynote remarks at the American Bar Association’s 39th National Institute on white collar crime

It was stated that accountability promotes fairness, drives deterrence, and fosters respect for the rule of law. At its best, it should also encourage investments in building a culture of compliance…

Nasdaq Global Financial Crime Report 2024 finds that more than $3.1 trillion in illicit funds flowed through the global financial system last year 

This includes nearly $800 billion in drug trafficking, nearly $350 billion in human trafficking, and more than $11 billion in terrorist financing. The report also reveals that losses from fraud scams and bank fraud schemes accounted for nearly $500 billion globally in 2023…

The EU Council and EU Parliament strike a deal on the regulation prohibiting in the EU market products made with forced labour

The provisional agreement reached between the two co-legislators supports the main objective of the proposal to prohibit the placing and making available on the EU market, or the export from the EU market, of any product made using forced labour…