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EU parliament demands end to ‘golden passports’

The European Parliament has voted to end the practice of EU countries selling citizenship and visas to rich individuals, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine with many wealthy Russians having received EU passports in exchange for significant investments...
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Europol arrests targeting trafficking in cultural goods

A global operation targeting illicit trafficking in cultural goods has led to 52 arrests and the seizure of 9 408 cultural artefacts across the world. These priceless items include archaeological objects, furniture, coins, paintings, musical instruments and statuettes...
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Venezuelan prosecutors charged with ML for receiving bribes

Two former senior Venezuelan prosecutors have been charged with money laundering for their receipt of bribes in exchange for agreeing not to pursue criminal charges against certain individuals in Venezuela...
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Europol threat assessment of IP crime

This report shows that counterfeiting is a very lucrative activity for the criminals and criminal networks involved. This highlights the importance of the decision to once again make Intellectual property crime an enforcement priority in the fight against organised crime...
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TI Madagascar’s plan to pull rosewood stockpiles out of CITES

Madagascar will propose a new approach to managing its extremely valuable rosewood stockpiles at the 74th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC74). TI and EIA believe this approach will lead to laundering and a lack of transparency and accountability...
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MAS announces first Singaporean Presidency of FATF

At the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary that ended on 4 March 2022, the Plenary officially selected Mr. T. Raja Kumar as its next President, to replace Dr. Marcus Pleyer. Mr. Raja will assume office on 1 July 2022 for a fixed two-year term...
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UK Finance Bill 2022 – the Economic Crime Levy

UK government published the Finance Act 2022 providing for a new tax called the economic crime (anti-money laundering) levy. The new levy will apply to 'persons', including companies and partnerships, regulated under the MLRs. All persons subject to AML regulations...
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Home Office  policy paper on the Economic Crime Bill 

The Bill was set up a register of overseas entities and their beneficial owners and require overseas entities who own land to register in certain circumstances; to make provision about unexplained wealth orders; and to make provision about sanctions...
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FATF Plenary Outcomes, 2-4 March 2022

The Plenary approved key work including tougher Beneficial Ownership rules to tackle money laundering, risk-based Approach Guidance for the Real Estate & how FATF can mitigate the unintended consequences of FATF’s...  
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UK Overseas Territories & sanctions against Russia

The UK and other countries introduced sanctions against Russia in response to its military action against Ukraine, targeting its financial sector and assets held by Russian politicians and oligarchs.
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Ghana: Recover Proceeds From Economic Crime

Ghana creates new economic crime board in the hope of recovering proceeds of crime. The Board is expected to formulate policies necessary for the EOCO to be able to prevent and detect organised crime as well as to facilitate the confiscation of the proceeds of crime...
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HMT fact sheet on the Register of Overseas Entities 

The new register ‘Register of Overseas Entities’ will require anonymous foreign owners of UK property to reveal their real identities to ensure criminals cannot hide behind secretive chains of shell companies, setting a global standard for transparency...
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